Aachen, Germany — Cutting machine manufacturer Fecken-Kirfel has pointed to evidence of a growing stability in the polyurethane market as 2013 draws to a close.
Axel Wynands, the company’s general manager sales, said the “stability” that had established itself within the polyurethane market was proving favourable for the company.
He said: “It was very difficult to make forecasts but the last two years have been good for us, particularly the last year. We reached the point where we know exactly what we will produce for the next three months and from a sales point of view we are very happy.
The company’s production of cutting machines for flexible foam applications – about 75% of its production capacity – retained the potential to buoy up the business.
“If the South American market for machines for flexible foam goes down, Asia might be going up and if the automotive market drops, furniture applications might be going up. This is the advantage of our business,” said Wynands.
The company has recently developed some new cutting machinery. The Looper H32LF which has been introduced on the market four years ago, could already be sold worldwide and contributes to an efficient and economic processing of PU foams in large series. At this year´s K show, FK unveiled the trimming machine T 6, which found huge favour with the industry. The T 6 contributes to a “much more accurate and faster cutting process,” Wynands added.
He said the company’s capacity to develop in-house mechanical and electrical solutions had set it apart from its competition. In fact, the family owned-company which was founded in 1870 is looking back on a long history and could gain over the years a huge experience in the cutting of flexible PU foams.