Textile Technology section
Reifenhäuser: new management for Reicofil
Effective April 1, 2021 Dr. Bernd Kunze has handed over the management of machinery and components manufacturer Reifenhäuser Reicofil GmbH & Co. KG, Troisdorf/Germany, to his 2 successors Dr. Boerge Wessling and Stephan Gerharz after more than 20 years in this position. Kunze moves to the Reifenhäuser Group holding, Troisdorf, where he will focus on his tasks within the group management and his role as CTO.
Wessling joined Reifenhäuser Reicofil in October 2020. He studied material sciences and gained his PhD in the field of electrical engineering. Formerly, he held a position as Managing Director in the high-technology equipment sector, focusing on Product Management and Sales. As Managing Director of Reicofil, he will be responsible for the areas of Sales, Service, Research & Development, Strategy, and Controlling.
Gerharz studied mechanical engineering and has worked at Reicofil for 20 years – until recently as Head of Order Management and member of the extended Management Board. As Managing Director, he will be responsible for Technology including special projects, Order Management, and Human Resources.
Reifenhäuser: acquisition of air cooling ring specialist
As of April 2021, the machinery and components manufacturer Reifenhäuser GmbH & Co. KG Maschinenfabrik, Troisdorf/Germany, has acquired a majority stake in Kdesign GmbH, Königswinter/Germany, a global leader in the manufacture of air cooling rings and measuring systems for blown film extrusion lines. With this purchase Reifenhäuser Group, a specialist in extrusion technologies, expands its in-house expertise in cooling, controlling, measuring and calibrating blown films.
Kdesign remains an independent company within the Reifenhäuser Group and its business and customer relationships will continue unchanged. Joachim Lange and Richard Zimmermann continue to head the company as managing directors.
As a member of the Group, Kdesign now has access to a large international service network and one of the largest privately run research and development center for plastics extrusion.
Mondi: new mask production line in Germany
A new production line for manufacturing medical masks from meltblown nonwovens has been commissioned by the packaging and paper company Mondi Group, Vienna/Austria, at its site in Gronau/Germany. Mondi specializes in hygiene applications and draws on experience from 50 years of production at this site.
The production speed of 700 masks/min is considerably higher than that of conventional lines (approx. 100 masks/min). This results in around 1 million masks/day. The important base material, meltblown nonwovens, is also produced in-house on a nonwovens line from the machinery and plant manufacturer Reifenhäuser Reicofil GmbH & Co. KG, Troisdorf/Germany. The international technology group Andritz AG, Graz/Austria, is also the partner for mask production.
This fully integrated production of medical face masks on 2 highly automated high-speed machines lays the foundation for what the company claims is the highest quality mask production Made in Germany.
The masks are certified as a medical product according to Oeko-Tex as well as Dermatest. Mondi Gronau is thus targeting the German healthcare sector, including hospitals, pharmacies and medical retailers.