German equipment producer Kreyenborg Plant Technology GmbH & Co. has signed an agreement with U.S. auxiliary equipment maker Conair Group Inc. allowing the U.S. company to sell Kreyenborg's infrared polymer dryers (IRD) worldwide under the Conair-Kreyenborg brand name.
The new contract is open-ended and gives Conair the rights to sell the dryers into any plastics ancillaries market worldwide, according to Larry Doyle, vice president of sales and marketing at Conair.
Doyle said the first co-branded IRD already has been sold to a sheet producer in Monterrey, Mexico.
The companies say IRD technology offers significant time and energy savings compared to other drying equipment and is particularly suitable for PET flake drying. It can reduce energy use by up to 40 percent, while drying cycle times fall from six to 1.25 hours.
Senden, Germany-based Kreyenborg is one of three equipment makers worldwide to license the IRD drying technology concept from its German inventor Urban Stricker. The other licensees are UPM Holdings Ltd. of Berks, England, and Sojitz Machinery Corp. of Osaka, Japan.
In 2007 UPM granted a sub-license to Baltimore-based auxiliary equipment maker Novatec Inc., covering the North American market. Novatec now has built and supplied a number of IRD systems with throughputs of up to 8,800 pounds per hour.
UPM is itself in the final stages of installation of an IRD system for a United Kingdom sheet processor. The project is worth around 250,000 euros ($341,230), according to UPM director Roy Fowler.
Conair's deal with Kreyenborg comes after the closure late last year of its Conair Europe operation, which was based in the U.K. The company said then it would supply European customers from its Cranberry Township, Pa., base via its sales representatives in Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Holland, Norway and Portugal.
Last month, Conair sold the Churchill brand name, which it used for temperature control units in the United Kingdom and Ireland, to Single Temperiertechnik GmbH of Hochdorf, Germany.