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Frimo announces JV partnership with Covelo Machine & Tool Trade Co.

Frimo, a developer and provider of system solutions for the manufacture of polyurethane parts for vehicle interiors, announced a joint venture with Covelo Machine & Tool Trade Co.(CMTT). The new partnership will "further boost Frimo's development, production and service of mixing heads," which are among the most sensitive components in polyurethane processing, and their reliability during production is critical," said Frimo.

Clare Goldsberry

December 11, 2014

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Frimo announces JV partnership with Covelo Machine & Tool Trade Co.

 "Thanks to this joint venture, Frimo and CMTT will be able to pool their accumulated expertise and swiftly make leaps forward to accelerate product development," said Frimo CEO Hans-Gunter Bayer. "With its longstanding expertise and reputation in building and repairing mixing heads, plus having established its industry presence over the past four decades, CMTT is an ideal partner for us. We want to maximize these synergies and are convinced we will be offering the resulting benefits to our customers in the very near future."

In recent years, Frimo has accumulated a wider scope of expertise in designing and building complex polyurethane processing systems. In addition to intelligent and innovative production system concepts, the company has also been producing high-pressure metering machines and mixing heads, leading to further market success, primarily in the fields of soft and semi rigid foam applications in the polyurethane equipment industry, said Frimo's information.

Frimo has successfully established production of mixing heads for a variety of output ranges. The mixing heads are equipped with innovative orifice and needle systems, recirculation grooves, optimal injection angles and the latest material matching with surface treatments to ensure low-friction operation.

Frimo's three-component mixing heads, also known as duplex heads, have proven their worth in fully automated high-volume production facilities with raw material/color change from one shot to the next. And in processes where the goal is to obtain variable hardness and density in diverse foam component sectors, such as when manufacturing automotive sat cushions, Frimo offers multi-stream mixing heads that can process up to six components.

CMTT constructs and produces high-pressure mixing heads and in recent decades, CEO Roland Hohne has been at the center of virtually all new developments and refinements made to mixing head technologies in the global market, including recirculation, transfer and nozzle technologies, noted the press release. 

"Leveraging the global sales organization of Frimo will considerably improve our market access," says Hohne. "Our customers gain the most from this initiative, by experiencing the combined expertise and strengths of both partners, namely from the high quality of the mixing heads and an excellent and expedited repair service to boot."

Frimo currently manufactures its mixing head technologies in both North America (Wixom, MI) and Asia. Brent Gawne, head of the North American PU business at Frimo Inc., commented, "CMTT fits perfectly into Frimo's North American polyurethane strategy and represents a major step forward in our quest to establish a local network of production and service facilities. Shorter throughput times and rapid-response service are the key goals. This is important for better proximity to customers and a reliable service partnership."

The Frimo Group includes global production and sales locations with more than 1,200 employees in Europe, Asia and America. Frimo is a global developer and provider of system solutions for the manufacture of high quality fiber-reinforced plastics and supplies tooling and machinery, as well as the respective automation and finishing, e.g. with flexible trimming, joining and assembly.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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