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Technology tie-up – Alexander Crone-Rawe of Günter of Germany, manufacturer of bag-making machines, was hosted at an in-house show in October last year by Gerhart Mischinger of Technimac at the SA bagmaking machine manufacturer’s premises in Kew, Johannesburg. Technimac and Günter have been cooperating for over three decades. Likewise, Günter and its European partner Contec of Turkey, have stepped up their tie-up with the result being the high-efficiency Contec Wicketer bagmaker which was displayed at the Technimac show; a similar machine will be exhibited at Technimac’s premises during Propak Expo in March

Cooperation with Günter, Contec boosts Technimac

28 FEB / MARCH 2019

SA bag machine maker to show further advances at Propak Africa TECHNIMAC is yet again planning to show some significant advances in bag-making technology during Propak Africa in March at their premises, specifically in the areas of production speed, efficiency with reduced maintenance and added options. With the evolution of production machinery and the critical need to achieve high efficiency with minimal if not zero downtime, developers need to access multiple talents and specialities during the machine development phase. These types of varied skills are not simply ‘on tap’. With that in mind, Technimac of Johannesburg has, through its vision of creating a network of like-minded bag-making machine development fundis, almost surprisingly joined other global leaders in this area. Through its partnership with Günter of Germany, Technimac has been able to access and share technology for well over three decades. Günter has a technology agreement with Contec of Turkey which has seen further real progress being made in the field of R &

D. The Contec machines’ performanceto-price ratio has not only proved popular in Africa, but all over the Globe. According to Gerhart Mischinger of Technimac, the ‘alliance’ with Günter allowed for cooperation with other European machine makers over the years, some of whom are not that wellknown in South Africa, but are established leaders in their specific fields. The most relevant of these tie-ups, in the African context, has been with Contec, based at Izmir on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. The strong partnership between Günter, Contec and Technimac has gathered momentum through significant commitment and investment by all parties. The partners invested over a million Euros in 2017 in a production facility for components. “The advantages are obvious: the production of our own machine components is not only better suited to our requirements, it also makes us independent of external supplies and delivery schedules,” said Alexander Crone-Rawe, managing director of

Günter, during his visit to South Africa last year. Other investments followed said Crone-Rawe, who is also involved in the management team at Contec in Izmir. Günter also extended its production hall at Zwickau in Germany last year. Game changer As far as Africa is concerned though pooling their capabilities and resources between Günter, Contec and Technimac has proven to be a bit of a gamechanger in this high specialisation field. “Through this alliance, Technimac has advanced from a local manufacturer of a limited range of machinery to a supplier with access to an international supply chain in terms of manufacturing and knowhow transfer. The partners have agreed to an exchange of know-how and a co-ordinated use of all their and our manufacturing facilities,” said Mischinger. “This alliance also signals and reaffirms Technimac’s commitment to the South African Plastics Industry going forward,” he added.

Plasti-Tech supplies HDPE pipes to Warmbaths PLASTI-TECH has won a large order to supply various sizes of high density polyethylene pipes (HDPE) and fittings for the upgrade of Warmbaths Forever Resort’s pump stations. “The client made contact with us in March for the supply of HDPE pipes and fittings. The order was a bit urgent but we managed to meet the client’s deadline accordingly,” explains PlastiTech managing member Brad Chamont. Plasti-Tech has since supplied product worth in excess of R300 000 to date and Chamont estimates that the total project supply value will reach over R1-million. The project, which is still ongoing, will soon move onto Phase 2, which will include some large bore HDPE piping. Chamont notes that HDPE pipes and fittings are quickly becoming the material of choice for a wide variety of industry applications for the several benefits they offer.

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