FRIMO, Hennecke form strategic partnership for automotive applications
The companies will combine their core competencies with a focus on polyurethane and other materials applications for the production of passenger vehicles.
Source | FRIMO and Hennecke
Effective Feb. 1, 2020, the FRIMO Group (Lotte, Germany) and Hennecke Group (Sankt Augustin, Germany) have announced a close partnership in the sector of polyurethane and other reactive plastic applications for the automobile industry. Specifically, the partnership concerns products and systems associated with the production of passenger cars.
FRIMO is contributing its core competencies in molded foam, elastomers and composites, and is supplying new systems, corresponding services such as retrofitting and technical services. FRIMO will also offer the entire spare parts sales for the affected product areas, and will cease production of metering technology, instead concentrating on the areas of tooling technology, systems technology and periphery equipment as well as associated services. All parts for handling raw materials will be manufactured and supplied exclusively by Hennecke in all markets.
Hennecke is contributing metering and mixhead technology as well as all other systems for handling raw materials for the automotive sector, including storage, transportation, preparation and processing. Hennecke will also supply the periphery equipment required for the respective case of application. In future FRIMO will be responsible for the sales of Hennecke products from the partnership, for new systems as well as for the entire service area. As a polyurethane specialist, Hennecke will focus on its core competences in high and low pressure metering in the form of individual metering machines outside of the automotive sector, as well as systems technology in the production of refrigeration units, slabstock products and sandwich panels.
According to the companies, customers will benefit from comprehensive system solutions and individual service from one source as well as a common point of contact. Customers will also experience a unified customer interface, ranging from tooling to plant automation up to process technology.
“The synergies from the partnership provide absolute added value for our customers in the automotive industry,” says Dr. Christof Bönsch, CEO of the FRIMO Group. “Under the partnership, we are uniting the core competences of two companies who complement each other perfectly in terms of strategy and operation.”
“In the future, we want to be even more striking and innovative, offering our customers efficient and competitive solutions under the label ‘Automotive Alliance,’” says Thomas Wildt, CEO of the Hennecke Group. “Our target course is clearly focused on the growth of both companies, and this means new perspectives for our customers as well as for our staff.”
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