Reifenhäuser acquires Plamex; adds on to extrusion machinery profile

Plamex Maschinenbau

Germany-based machinery maker Reifenhäuser Group has acquired Plamex Maschinenbau GmbH, Kelberg. Plamex is a specialized supplier of blown film lines and extrusion components. Its core competences are blown film lines for water-cooled and biaxially oriented films for the medical and food packaging industry.

The company will continue its operations under the name Reifenhäuser Blown Film Plamex GmbH & Co. KG. Managing directors are Maximilian Herchenbach and Manfred Kurscheid. Jochen Herchenbach retires from the management, but will be available for consultation, says Reifenhäuser.

The acquisition expands the Reifenhäuser Groups’ product range to include technology for flexible film production.

"The extremely efficient water cooling keeps the polymer in amorphous state and produces a particularly glossy and transparent film with remarkable puncture resistance and very good barrier properties. In our discussions with customers we can now provide even more differentiated advice and deliver the optimum solution for the particular application," says Bernd Reifenhäuser, CEO of the Reifenhäuser Group.

In addition to technological synergies, Reifenhäuser says Plamex benefits from the strong global network of the group and the close connection to the specialist machinery manufacturer Polyrema.

"It was particularly important to us that we can continue the Plamex success story with a strong partner at our side. Reifenhäuser Polyrema is the perfect match for Plamex - both in terms of corporate structure and business focus. We are and will remain a special machine manufacturer and develop tailor-made solutions for the packaging industry," said Herchenbach.

Plamex has more than 50 employees and is headquartered in Kelberg, Rhineland-Palatinate.

"We are proud to be part of the Reifenhäuser Group. We will join forces and thus be able to act even more efficiently for our customers." With the acquisition Reifenhäuser strengthens its position as technology leader in the market. "Water cooled blown film extrusion lines for medical applications, such as infusion bags, and biaxially oriented multi-layer films, have not been in the scope of the Reifenhäuser group, yet. Now we can offer water-quench, double and multi-bubble technologies, with which we can address new customer groups and thus continue our growth path", emphasizes Kurscheid, who said he is looking forward to working closely with the staff of Reifenhäuser Blown film Plamex.

Founded in 1911 and headquartered in Troisdorf, Germany, the Reifenhäuser Group provides technologies and components for plastics extrusion, with a workforce of over 1,500 employees, catering to blown films, cast films, sheets as well as nonwovens.

Reifenhäuser Blown Film Polyrema is a company of the Reifenhäuser Group based in Troisdorf-Bergheim, just a seven-minute drive from the headquarters in Troisdorf-Sieglar. As a specialist for mono blown film lines and smaller coextrusion lines as well as components, Reifenhäuser Polyrema develops tailor-made solutions for its customers. The company currently employs 40 people under the management of Manfred Kurscheid and Marcel Perrevort.


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