That rumor about auxiliary equipment makers Motan GmbH and Colortronic GmbH being a part of the same group is rumor no more.
Konstanz, Germany-based Ralf Schneider GmbH confirmed at the recent K 2007 plastics trade show that it had brought the firms under its ownership in spring 2006.
Colortronic North America Inc., which was acquired by ACS Group of Schaumburg, Ill., in 2003, is not affected by the deal. Colortronic North America is based in Flint, Mich.
Ralf Schneider split the remaining Colortronic Group business into two companies last year, according to the statement issued at K 2007, held Oct. 24-31 in Dusseldorf.
Colortronic Systems Group specializes in the areas of gravimetric dosing and conveying of bulk solids in plastics and chemicals. Colortronic Group is responsible for auxiliary equipment used in injection and blow molding and other plastics processes.
Motan manufactures equipment for materials handling, such as conveyors, blenders, dryers, granulators, and storage bins and silos. It also makes controls
Motan and the two European-based Colortronic companies are independently operated. Although under the same ownership, the strategy is for them to keep separate brands and operations, and to compete in the same markets.
``There is a good reason for the companies to continue separately,'' said Christian Soretz, Ralf Schneider's strategic marketing director, at K. ``Some customers prefer Colortronic technology and some prefer Motan technology - for example, the disc-type dosing technology made by Colortronic, or the screw-type made by Motan.''
The three companies will maintain their existing production sites and will have separate product development programs.
Where there will be opportunity for synergies will be in some basic components and technology, such as blowers and heating units, which Ralf Schneider will make available for shared use, Soretz said. Soretz likened the arrangement to the one that operates at Mannesmann Plastics Machinery GmbH, where common components are used in the injection molding machines of independent group companies.
In its statement, Ralf Schneider said 2006 sales reached more than 100 million euros ($125 million), while its staff numbered more than 500 in locations around the world.
Colortronic has plants in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, and Hunzenschwil, Switzerland. Motan is based in Isny, Germany.