This 'Composites Alliance' will pool the know-how and experience of both Frimo and Schuler for the processing of composite materials. The two companies hope to exploit synergies and tap new markets. The product spectrum ranges from pre-forming and pre-cutting to the actual forming process, for example for the manufacturing of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic parts or the processing of organo sheets. "The alliance enables us to offer complete systems for the field of composites processing, says Manfred Wischnewski, Managing Director of Schuler SMG GmbH & Co. KG. "Frimo is the ideal partner for us. In the field of plastics processing, automation and tooling technology, Frimo has many years of expertise and a strong reputation on the market. We are firmly convinced that this alliance will bring our customers considerable benefits. "We regard Schuler as the best-possible partner, as we fit perfectly with regard to press construction and downstream processes, adds Hans-Günter Bayer, CEO of the Frimo Group GmbH. "Schuler is the number one in forming, while we are the plastics specialists. Both companies are extremely well integrated with the OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers. Customers will benefit from the extended possibilities of 'one-stop shopping', such as fewer interfaces, better CAD connections and optimised processes. In their respective fields, both partners offer leading know-how and an extensive range of references in the automotive and aviation industries, as well as for railway vehicles and other applications. Our many years of experience in the automation of pressing processes rounds out the spectrum of benefits for the customer, says Uwe Krause, Head of Frimo's Automation division.