For several years, there has been an increasing trend towards using high quality materials such as leather and artificial leather for making automobile interior parts. Composites with polyurethane foams or cut pieces of spacer fabrics make leather an attractive, soft-touch decorative material. Press lamination processes are the standard technology for processing the high-quality but delicate material. The material and the increasing volumes make heavy demands on the production equipment and process.
FRIMO and Hennecke form a strategic partnership
Lotte / Sankt Augustin, Germany, 4th February 2020
The FRIMO Group, with headquarters in Lotte and the Hennecke Group, with headquarters in Sankt Augustin, are forming a close partnership in the sector of polyurethane and other reactive plastic applications for the automobile industry. The joint agreement of both companies comes into force on 1st February 2020 and covers all international markets.
Amalgamation of technical expertise
"The synergies from the partnership provide absolute added value for our customers in the automotive industry," says Dr. Christof Bönsch, CEO of the FRIMO Group. "Under the partnership we are uniting the core competences of two companies who complement each other perfectly in terms of strategy and operation," continues Bönsch. The core segments of the partnership include the product areas moulded foam processing, elastomer processing, lightweight composites and PUR-CSM technology for polyurethane spray applications as well as flood injection for structural and decorative components. FRIMO is contributing its systems technology in the areas of moulded foam, elastomers and composites. And Hennecke is providing its metering and mixhead technology, as well as all other systems for handling the raw materials - storage, transportation, preparation and processing - for the automotive sector.
Added value for customers is paramount
Customers will benefit from comprehensive system solutions and individual service from one source as well as a common point of contact. A further benefit is the unified customer interface, ranging from tooling to plant automation up to process technology. By focusing on their core competencies, the two companies complement each other perfectly.
"Automotive Alliance" offers efficient and innovative system solutions
Thomas Wildt, CEO of the Hennecke Group, sums up the goal of the partnership: "In the future we want to be even more striking and innovative, offering our customers efficient and competitive solutions under the label "Automotive Alliance". "Our target course is clearly focused on the growth of both companies and this means new perspectives for our customers as well as for our staff," continues Wildt.
FRIMO is a technology leader in turnkey systems for foam tools and production systems for manufacturing high-quality plastic components. The international company group is a global technology partner and supports its customers along every stage of the process, from the original idea up to series production. Around 1400 employees at 15 production and sales sites in Europe, Asia and America contribute to customers' success and ensure that the company is a reliable partner.
The Hennecke Group is a specialist supplier of metering machines and mixheads and develops high-quality machine and systems engineering as well as process technology for polyurethane applications. Thanks to intensive research and development, innovative technologies and excellent quality, Hennecke is constantly strengthening its market position in vast sections of polyurethane processing technology.
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