Textile Technology section
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.
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Assyst: Hans-Peter Hiemer new managing director
In the course of a general reorganization of the Human Solutions Group, Kaiserslautern/Germany, which also included the software developer Assyst GmbH, Aschheim/Germany, Dr. Andreas Seidl, the Group’s CEO, is withdrawing from the operational business. He will continue to be available to Assyst in an advisory capacity. Hans-Peter Hiemer is the new Managing Director of Assyst.
The process of greater independence for the individual companies of the Human Solutions Group, which was already initiated in 2018, is moving into the next phase: Human Solutions and Avalution have been acquired by Humanetics Group, Farmington Hills, MI/USA. Assyst is not affected by the acquisition.
Hiemer has known the apparel industry for around 30 years. As a consultant and manager, he has already worked for companies such as s.Oliver, the CBR Fashion Group, Orsay, Klingel, Zalando/Z-labels and Beeline. In recent months, he has supported Assyst's management in setting up an on-site administration.
HeiQ: acquisition of Belgian industrial biotech company
The supplier of finishing technology, HeiQ Materials AG, Zurich/Switzerland, has acquired 51% of the share capital and voting rights of Chrisal NV, Lommel/Belgium. The company, with its office and manufacturing site in Lommel, will be renamed HeiQ Chrisal.
Chrisal is a biotechnology company and a leader in innovative ingredients and consumer products that incorporate the benefits of probiotics and symbiotics. It has 3 technology platforms, all with the purpose to create healthy and sustainable microbial ecosystems. The application of its proprietary technology includes cosmetics, personal care, textiles, wound dressings, water purification, air treatment and cleaning products.
With this strategic acquisition HeiQ enters the broader market of surface management and accesses a bio-based green complementary technology platform to its antimicrobials. It gives the company access to the technology platform of prebiotics, probiotics and postbiotics for bio-based odor and stain control for carpets and footwear, anti-allergen effect in mattress and bedding, microbial and viral protection for surfaces, anti-inflammatory effect in wound dressings, probiotic skin enhancing cosmetics, algae and biofilm control in drinking water as well as advanced symbiotic surface protection.
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