São Paulo-KraussMaffei and Netstal will combine their Brazilian operations under a new business entity, KraussMaffei Group do Brasil, effective this October with the start of their new fiscal year. The companies announced the move at Brasilplast, where Netstal and KraussMaffei operated separate booths, but in two year's time at the next Brasilplast, the companies said they would share a single stand. Their local operations have already been working together since June.
The new business will be led by Klaus Jell, an 18-year veteran of Netstal who started at KraussMaffei and is currently the general manager of Netstal's operations in Germany. "It makes sense to join our forces," Jell told PlasticsToday at the Brasilplast show. "We'll have more eyes and ears for our customers in Brazil."
Jell said he and his colleagues will manage the various brands separately, including sales, income, and expenses. "Every brand will be completely independently operated," he noted, so that the combined group will have four brands under its care in Brazil: KraussMaffei's injection molding machinery, Netstal, KraussMaffei reaction processing machinery, and KraussMaffei Berstorff extrusion lines.