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KraussMaffei bundles extrusion technologies under new R&D center
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:18.May.2021

KraussMaffei Group has bundled its technological know-how and decades of experience in extrusion by merging its corporate extrusion operations at a single location. This strategic approach results in product benefits for customers, valuable synergy effects for the company and new opportunities and fields of research for the future.

 

The focus will be a world's modern extrusion R&D center currently built at the company's new site in Laatzen on the outskirts of Hannover. The new plant is part of the largest investment program in KraussMaffei's history. The relocation of the entire extrusion division is scheduled for the second half of 2022.


The product portfolio offered by KraussMaffei Group covers almost all extrusion technologies and has done so for over 20 years – from the extrusion of pipes and profiles to sheet and flat film, rubber and foam extrusion up to compounding and recycling. All these different technologies will be brought together at a single location.


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KraussMaffei Group covers nearly all extrusion technologies in its portfolios.


Well before the current discussions on resource conservation and processing of recycled material, direct processing concepts were increasingly coming into focus. Material processing in a “single heat” generally reduces the thermal stress the material is exposed to and requires fewer process steps and less energy.

 

The production of wastewater pipes from highly mineral-filled compounds is a typical example of a direct processing concept in pipe extrusion. The PP barium sulphate compound is prepared on a co-rotating twin-screw extruder and shaped by the downstream pipe extrusion head in a single process.

 

The wealth of experience gathered at KraussMaffei’s Munich and Hannover sites in the past will now be bundled, which offers unique opportunities to launch new research and development projects geared towards new materials as well as new final products.

 

The new R&D center will offer good conditions for all extrusion companies opting to produce their own starting materials (also from reclaim material) or processors wishing to add new end products to their current product portfolios.


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The new KraussMaffei plant with extrusion R&D center is being built in Laatzen near Hannover.


“Customers will get a live experience of all the technologies available at KraussMaffei and they will be able to carry out trials with their own raw materials and talk to experienced staff from all extrusion areas like compounding, pipe and profile extrusion as well as with our specialists in digitalization and Industry 4.0,” said Dr. Volker Nilles – Executive Vice President for New Machinery Business at KraussMaffei.

 

Also, KraussMaffei is committed to continuing the trusting cooperation with customers and suppliers. In order to ensure even more efficient customer advice and support around the globe in the future, the sales team has been completely reorganized. At the same time, the Pipe & Profile expert team will be strengthened by new colleagues.

 

The large extrusion R&D center is the highlight of the new plant currently built on the outskirts of Hannover, where all extrusion divisions from Munich and Hannover with up to 700 employees will be brought together. On a floor area of 10,000 square meters, 26 extrusion lines can be used for trials.

 

What’s new is that these lines will be installed in production scale – i.e. over the full length including the entire downstream equipment, e.g. cooling section, take-off system, winder and separating system.

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