Engineering Plastics² - Strong focus on engineering plastics competence within the Feddersen Group
A strong group of companies focussing on engineering plastics – this is how AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH, specialist for innovative and application-oriented plastic compounds and K.D. Feddersen GmbH & Co. KG, distributer of engineering polymers, present themselves at the K-2010.
“The motto „engineering plastics to the square“ symbolizes the comprehensive know-how, both companies of the Feddersen Group are specialized in. Due to this, we are in the position to advise and support our customers comprehensively”, according to Leander Bergmann, Head of Marketing at AKRO-PLASTIC. “Within the Feddersen Group, the scope of competences in engineering plastics has been expanded considerably during the last 60 years. Additionally, we are not only able to provide a strong service to customers in Germany, but also to customers based in numerous European countries as well as non-European countries such as China, Southeast Asia and Latin America by our branches of the Feddersen Group”, Bergmann adds.
At this year’s K, both companies will highlight the large and diverse number of products within the portfolio they represent.
Further development of products as well as expansion of application development of engineering plastics have successfully improved partnership between distributor K.D. Feddersen and well-known world wide acting manufacturers of polymer as LyondellBasell Industries or Ticona over the last decades not only nationally but also internationally. A wide range of highly innovative fields of application is worked out together.
Besides diversifications of products of these manufacturers, being distributed by K.D. Feddersen, service competence should be focused. Due to this, K.D. Feddersen has its own application development in contrast to other classical trading companies. Here, the customer is supported in choosing the right type of raw material. Furthermore, efficient as well as practicable solutions are created with regard to development of products. The customer-focused planning of demand, distribution and production offers customized distribution concepts for every customer, even in small amounts.
The company AKRO-PLASTIC is an integrated service partner. With the state-of-the art production facilities, customized formulations are being developed and translated into marketable standard products or respectively applied special products. Small lot productions or full service alike, the toll compounding facilities offer a flexible as well as efficient production on a highly quality level. As one of only a few medium-sized companies in producing plastic compounds, the company offers comprehensive material testing. The test lab is certified under DIN EN ISO 17025 by German Accreditation Council.
After foundation of K.D. Feddersen in 1949, material trends have been recognized very fast. Due to this, plastics have been integrated in the product portfolio already in 1955 according to the growing demand in this sector.
In 1988, the company AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH, specialist for innovative and application- oriented plastic compounds, toll compounding and masterbatches was integrated in the Group, offering customized and innovative tailormade products.
At the turn of the millenium, the Feddersen Group recognized the chances of globalization. K.D.F. Distribution (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. was founded in 1998. According to 5 distribution locations in Beijing, Changchun, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing as well as 9 warehouse locations, the high requirements placed on the domestic market in China are settled just in time in the same way as in Europe.
In 2003 K.D. Feddersen GmbH & Co. KG founded a subsidiary in France under its own name. In 2002, AKRO-PLASTIC sets the base with establishing a state-of-the-art production site, adapting to the requirements of the millennium. Continuing this strategy, a subsidiary in Suzhou, China was established in 2004.
Since 2004, AF-COLOR – a subsidiary of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH - acts under its own behalf within the internationally acting Feddersen Group. Since this particular point in time, expansion of environmentally friendly production lines has been rated high. The areas Research & Development as well as Sales and Logistics have been continuously expanded.
Currently, groundbreaking for expansion of the existing warehouse- and office space had been effected in Niederzissen. Already at the beginning of the year 2010, 6 further twin compartment silos with a capacity of 1200 m³ had been built. Due to the expansion of warehouse and administration, 1500 m² additional storage space as well as 1100 m² office space for adminstration, laboratory and a big multi media room for customer events are being added.
Furthermore, 500.000 Euros had been invested in expansion of laboratory as well as production at AF-COLOR, situated at the Industriegebiet Scheid in Niederzissen. The subsidiary of AKRO-PLASTIC is specialized in production of masterbatches.
Further investments within the Feddersen Group are being transacted during this year in China, where Akro Engineering Plastics (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. will establish a new plant in the third quarter. Starting with 2 compounding lines, the annual manufacturing capacity will be expanded to 7.000 tons. Further lines are planned and will be ordered.
In June 2010, K.D. Feddersen Norden AB, situated in Värnamo Sweden, moved into their new premises at the end of June. Modern offices, a showroom as well as training rooms are consolidated. The new site will be dedicated on 2nd and 3rd of September 2010. At this date, national as well as international business partners will be celebrating at the “open house”. In total, the companies of the Feddersen Group will be investing about 8 million euros within the year 2010.
Already in 2009 by founding the company FEDDEM GmbH & Co. KG, Sinzig, the value chain for engineering plastics has been completed within the Feddersen Group. This company now continues the operations of the division “construction of extrusion and compounding lines” of the company Decroupet Maschinenbau.
In 2008, K.D. Feddersen took over the Swedish Materialdepån Norden AB, meanwhile rebranded to K.D. Feddersen Norden AB. Due to the foundation of K.D. Feddersen UK Ltd., the British subsidiary in 2009, the group of companies increased its presence within Europe. Activities in South and Eastern Europe are presently prepared. The international orientation of the Feddersen Group will be reflected at the K-2010. Due to the expected high number of Chinese visitors, representatives of the Chinese branches will be present at the booth for the whole time. Representatives of the European branches are also on site from 27th of October to 3rd of November.
You will find the shared booth of K.D. Feddersen and AKRO-PLASTIC in hall 6/B42.