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Two global brands with a joined future


Two hot runner manufacturers within Barnes Molding Solutions strategic business unit – männer and Thermoplay – will operate jointly in the market.

As a pioneer in valve gate systems, männer focuses on the development and manufacture of the “original cylindrical valve gate system” first patented by Otto männer. Thermoplay, which partners with männer in product development, specializes in the development and manufacture of thermal gate hot runner systems. This will make it possible for Thermoplay to use männer manifold technologies in the area of thermal gate hot runner systems. 

Both brands to be offered

Thermoplay customers can access männer’s range of valve gate systems through their usual supplier. Thermoplay’s already-implemented valve gate systems will continue to have recovery systems and spare parts supplied to them. Conversely, männer sales personnel can offer their customers the new thermal hot runner systems from Thermoplay.

Both companies anticipate that their close cooperation will benefit from joined activities in the areas of product development, customer support, and services. Arno Pfaff, Sales Director for männer, FOBOHA, and Thermoplay, emphasizes that all customers will have access to a joint, closely-linked service network and still be able to conduct all business with their usual direct sales contact. In addition, the hot runner division benefits from the extensive application knowledge of the moldmakers, which allows them to recommend an optimal hot runner design to customers.

Targeting the multicavity molds market

maenner_FB_Single_MagicMousse_48cav_B150To company President Norbert Scheid, the advantages are obvious: “The specialist area of molds and hot runner technology is extremely comprehensive. In order to deliver truly economical and efficient solutions, it is critical to provide experience and detailed knowledge of design, application technology, and production across a broad range.” Scheid adds, “No company can do that alone, especially if it has established itself in the multi-cavity market for 8 to 192-fold systems. With our collaboration, each of the two companies can focus on its core area of expertise, and we can combine the best of everything to provide a customized solution to our customers. Together with FOBOHA, we see ourselves as the multicavity team for medium- to high-cavitation molds and hot runner systems within the Barnes Molding Solutions strategic business unit.” In this partnership, Barnes Molding Solutions is the only solution provider able to combine its expertise in moldmaking and hot runner technology with the knowledge of Gammaflux, the expert in temperature control systems, and Priamus, a pioneer in advanced process control systems, to offer customers a one-stop solution.

Together with its brands FOBOHA, Gammaflux, männer, Priamus, Synventive, and Thermoplay, the Barnes Molding Solutions strategic business unit will be exhibiting together at the K 2019 Trade Fair in Hall 1 / C50 and E50 in October.
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