CHICAGO (July 14, 9:45 a.m. EDT) — Comet Automation Systems Inc. now has a presence in Europe.
The Dayton, Ohio, auxiliary equipment maker announced a sales and marketing partnership with Fasti GmbH in Hopfgarten, Austria. Fasti USA Inc. exhibited at NPE in Chicago.
Through the deal, Comet will be the exclusive North American distributor and licensee of ERD Baby, Junior and Senior lines of Fasti's compressed-air dryers, officials said. In Austria, Fasti will be the exclusive distributor of Comet's equipment, which includes hopper loaders, color feeders, honeycomb and hot-air dryers and vacuum conveying equipment.
“Even though European business is down now, it's the perfect opportunity to start training and ground work,” said Comet President Tom Rajkovich.
The firm also announced a marketing alliance with Molders Choice Inc. Molders Choice will offer several Comet products, including hopper dryers, hopper loaders and color/additive feeders. Molders Choice supplies equipment to the injection molding industry.
“We had been dabbling a little in selling equipment to Molders Choice,” Rajkovich said. “We want to increase the volume of our business, and this is an excellent way to do it.”
In other news, on June 3, Maguire Products Inc. filed a patent and trademark suit against Comet over a small-volume gravimetric blender.