Mixaco Maschinenbau, a German maker of container mixers, stationary mixers, and heating and cooling mixers, has set up a North American headquarters in Greer, S.C.
Mixaco USA LLC marks the first direct sales operation for the company from Neuenrade, Germany.
By selling through agents, Mixaco has sold about 400 container mixers in the United States since the 1970s, according to Markus Frantzen, general manager of Mixaco USA. Most recently, Mixaco has sold through Triad Sales LLC in Greer.
Mixaco has sold about 4,000 mixers worldwide since it was founded in 1965.
Frantzen said Mixaco USA houses two container mixers and one sack mixer a new product that are available for customer trials. The company is targeting color concentrate manufacturers, masterbatch producers and powder-coating makers.
What we are after is to increase our penetration, our market share, in the United States, Frantzen said. Mixaco USA is looking for manufacturers' representatives.
In addition to the U.S. operation, Mixaco Maschinenbau is investing in a new laboratory at its German headquarters, at a time when the world economy appears to be coming out of a recession.
Frantzen is bullish on batch mixing because of the trend toward smaller runs and quick material and color changes.
Mixaco Maschinenbau claims to be the world leader in building container mixers, he said.
Users can change out mixing tools to adapt to specific material formulations. Frantzen said Mixaco's strengths are in application engineering and new mixing tool designs.
Mixaco's newest product is the sack mixer, a small unit that mixes material into a bag liner or a drum.
The big advantage here is, you can do quick color changes without cleaning the mixing vessel, and this is highly important for small production runs as well as customer samples and [research and design], he said.
Frantzen said Mixaco also has developed a new container-mixer technology, called the Eco mixing system, which reduces the amount of heat added by mixing, while offering good homogenization and dispersion. The Eco process boasts very low power consumption, according to Frantzen, and another benefit is the high degree of flexibility in batch sizes from 40-80 percent batch size.
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