German corrugated pipe manufacturing systems developer Drossbach GmbH & Co. KG of Rain am Lech has made a global manufacturing deal with rival FrÃ¤nkische Rohrwerke Gebruder Kirchner GmbH & Co. KG.
The agreement covers production machinery for pipes of 31½ inches in diameter and above. Under the deal, FrÃ¤nkische will transfer know-how relating to its FDC XXL pipe corrugating machinery to Drossbach for further development, and Drossbach will manufacture and supply the machines to FrÃ¤nkische customers.
The move is intended to resolve a long-standing intellectual property dispute between the firms over some features of the XXL machine concept, according to Drossbach marketing director Michel Gschwendtner.
``We looked at how we could work together to go forward rather than competing,'' he said at K 2007 in Dusseldorf.
In addition to taking over manufacturing of the XXL design, Drossbach has agreed on a joint marketing deal with FrÃ¤nkische in the area of composite storm-water and sewage pipes that includes FrÃ¤nkische selling Drossbach's Gigapipe corrugated pipe in its key civil engineering markets.