HF Mixing Group has announced a strategic co-operation with B&K Wäge- & Anlagentechnik, Germany with a focus on weighing, storage, feeding, dosing of raw materials and liquids that are tailored to system requirements. Based on the know-how of company Steimel-Fix (1925), B&K was founded in 2002. This longtime experience of B&K, allows the HF Mixing Group to further expand its product portfolio and in the future have access to their upstream
equipment and plant engineering resource. B&K is now able to offer weigh feed systems with the automation solutions developed by HF Mixing Group.

In another development, HF has acquired 100 per cent of the shares of Mesabi Control Engineering Limited, Minnesota, USA. As part of the acquisition, Mesabi’s experienced management team of John Beaudoin and Nora Hahn will continue to manage the business.

“Systems automation is one of the fastest growing segments in the rubber compounding industry. However, it is also a segment with high research and development costs relative to the market size, making the market challenging for smaller providers. Also, with the growing sophistication of automation systems, HF’s global customers are increasingly demanding strong local support for HF’s products. Bringing Mesabi into the HF Mixing Group gives HF a strong presence in the United States market. Mesabi will continue to support and service its MixVision automation software and Mesabi’s customers will enjoy the strong support of HF Mixing Group’s global reach and strong research and development team,” said a statement from the company.

New VP Sales & Marketing

HF has appointed Ian Wilson as the new Vice President of Sales & Marketing, member of the HF Mixing Group Board of Management (effective October 1, 2017). He started his career at HF Mixing Group in 1985. Ian has more than 30 years’ of experience in internal mixer design, engineering, sales and product management. Wilson had been managing HF Mixing Group’s Tangential Business Unit Farrel Limited based in Rochdale, England since 2010.