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25th May 2018, Remscheid/Chemnitz/ Pfäffikon

Oerlikon sells tape and monofilament technologies to Starlinger

Angelika Huemer, Managing Partner of Starlinger & Co, and Georg Stausberg, CEO of the Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment. © OerlikonOerlikon will continue to align its Manmade Fibers Segment product portfolio with the future of innovative Industry 4.0 plant solutions putting greater focus on its core business of filament, staple fibre and nonwovens. As a result, the corporate group will divest its technology solutions for tape and monofilament plants.

The Austrian Starlinger Group based in Vienna will take over the German business unit from Chemnitz – also known under the brand name Barmag Spinnzwirn. The purchase contract was signed accordingly by both companies this week. The final closing is planned for the end of the third quarter of this year.

“We are pleased to be able to make a promising and attractive addition to our product portfolio with Barmag Spinnzwirn, a very interesting and attractive option for the customers of the Starlinger Group. The resulting synergies in technical, as well as commercial terms, will underpin our leading position in the world of textile packaging and its applications and lead to new, innovative and customer-oriented solutions in the medium-term,” said Angelika Huemer, Managing Partner of Starlinger & Co.

Over the last decades, Barmag Spinnzwirn has been successfully established in the market as a technology-trendsetter. The Oerlikon Manmade Fibers Segment unit provides its extrusion plants for the production of tape and monofilaments for polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), polyamides (PA) und polyester (PET) as turnkey plant-design solutions.

Another market success for the Chemnitz branch of the German parent company Oerlikon Textile, Remscheid, were the recently launched automatic winders, WinTape and WinTape XXL, as well as the EvoTape process for film extrusion lines. The technologies for selected high-speed winders and precision winders for special applications like aramid or carbon will be sold to Starlinger as well. The business unit has a very solid international customer base with long-standing successful relationships. In 2015, a new technology centre for R&D and the performance of customer experiments was put into operation.

“We are divesting our tape and monofilament technologies, as well as our site in Chemnitz, as we are convinced that Barmag Spinnzwirn will be develop even better through a broader market access and through more synergies under the new owner as this is medium- and long-term possible within our segment environment. We will focus within our core business of filament, staple fibre and nonwovens plants with automated Industry 4.0 solutions in order to continue to actively shape the future of our company and the manmade fibres industry,” explained Georg Stausberg, CEO of the Manmade Fibers Segment.

“In the Austrian company Starlinger, we have found a buyer for our business unit in Chemnitz, who – as a worldwide leading supplier of plants for the production of woven plastic sacks, plastic recycling and refinement – has excellent access to the market and can thus continue to successfully develop the Barmag Spinnzwirn business. We have decided, to also hand over the brand name to guarantee a smooth transition.”

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