The representatives of the first 12 founding members, from left to right: Joachim Hessemer (LAMILUX), Hans Rausch (BF/M Bayreuth), Stefan Haberstroß (VALEO Klimasysteme GmbH), RA Anton Kumanoff, Bayreuth, Jürgen Weitmeier (GELAN Formteile GmbH), Prof. Hans-Werner Zoch (Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH), Winfried Kucher (Staedtler Mars GmbH & Co. KG), Peter Hofmann (Scherer & Trier GmbH & Co. KG), Hermann Fischer (Kunststoff GmbH Helmbrechts), Karl Michael Roth (Staedtler Mars GmbH & Co. KG), Dr. Stefan Roth (Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH), Rainer Trautner (Cherry GmbH, Wolfsbach works), Stefan Koller (VALEO Klimasysteme GmbH). Not in the photo: Wolfgang Stahlmann (Schreinerei W. Stahlmann & Sohn GmbH & Co.) and Thomas Landgraf (Cherry GmbH, Wolfsbach works). New members are the companies Joseph Müller GmbH & Co., REHAU AG & Co., Formentechnik Bayreuth GmbH, ENGEL Deutschland GmbH, STÄUBLI Tec-Systems GmbH, Railmotive GmbH, PROMA Projektmanagement. The office of the network, which was founded on 4th June 2003, is on the premises of the competence centre Neue Materialien in Bayreuth GmbH.
The network bundles together Frankish know-how
“The long-term behaviour of polymers”, “surface treatment of polymer parts”, “injection molding simulation” – all exciting themes from the polymers industry. Themes that are being researched and that are the subject of exchanges of experience in the working circles of the “Kunststoff-Netzwerk-Franken e.V.”. The association was founded last summer and is a true milestone in polymers development. Complex tasks are precisely the area in which the coming-together is also of interest for the automobile industry, because the members also have their sights on concrete co-operation.

There are several hundred polymer-processing companies in the Franconia region of Germany. But it frequently happens that work is being done in parallel on the same subjects without synergistic effects. The aim of this association is to disseminate the science in the field of polymers, their processing and their application, and also to promote research and development in pre-competition co-operation.
  Logistics, capacity utilisation, benchmarking, maintenance management or dealing with raw material suppliers are important subjects here for the polymer experts. The members will also profit from building up common databases, for example about material specifications. There is also provision for public presentations for interested specialist audiences.
Things got exciting shortly after the association was founded. Inquiries came in from many companies. One such company was a Chinese investor looking for a business partner to establish a joint venture in China and business contacts in Franconia.
The Trier Group was among the 12 founding members of the association, which was the brainchild of Prof. Hans-Werner Zoch (NMB). At the time of going to press, the number of members stood at 19 and growing.
An internet is being developed ( Information is also available from the Executive Director Hans Rausch:


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