The first fruits from its acquisition of the Kiefel Extrusion GmbH blown film business last year will be shown by ReifenhÃ¤user GmbH & Co. KG at K 2010.
The ReifenhÃ¤user Kiefel extrusion division will demonstrate its new Evolution nine-layer system during the October show in Dusseldorf. The firm describes the system as flexible in the range of polyolefins and barrier materials such as ethylene vinyl alcohol, nylon and glycol-modified PET, which it can process at low melt temperatures. It is also flexible in the variety of applications it can produce, according to the firm.
The name Evolution has been adopted to denote a new generation of blown film equipment that ReifenhÃ¤user says is the best of both worlds from its own technology and that of Kiefel.
Edgar Gandelheit, managing director of ReifenhÃ¤user Kiefel Extrusion, said the merger of Kiefel's facility in Worms, Germany, and ReifenhÃ¤user's own blow film business in Troisdorf, Germany, had led to a combination of the best team members as well as a combination of the best technologies.
The Worms site is operationally good, so machine production is centered there, while Troisdorf is receiving investment as a research-and-development center for blown film, he said.
The German extrusion technology group's divisional managers were out in force at a K 2010 press preview organized by Messe Dusseldorf, organizer of the K show.
Ulrich ReifenhÃ¤user, group managing director, said: We are a financially solid company looking very optimistically into the future.
While he did not present details of cuts made last year in response to the economic downturn, he said the company is expecting its sales this year to be approximately 400 million euros ($495 million) and staffing levels now stand at about 1,200.
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