Oerlikon’s Intralogistics expansion via partnership with Irico Gualchierani Handling

Oerlikon’s Intralogistics expansion via partnership with Irico Gualchierani Handling

This will also include automation solutions that are integrated close to or even directly in the product.

At the turn of the year, the Polymer Processing Solutions Division of the Swiss Oerlikon Group realigned its offering in the field of intralogistics for large chemical fibre spinning mills. To this end, the unit integrated in 2018 and since then managed under the name Oerlikon Barmag Automation (OBAA) was sold on to the Italian company (IGH) Irico Gualchierani Handling. Both parties agreed not to disclose the sales price.

Oerlikon will be able to focus more on its core competence “from melt to yarn, fibres and nonwovens” within spinning and texturing in the new 2024 fiscal year. This will also include automation solutions that are integrated close to or even directly in the product. Solutions for the transport and packaging of bobbins, for example, are to be realised with the new partner in the future. The new unit of the IGH Group will operate under the name IG Automation GmbH.

“With IGH, we have found a strategic partner who will further develop the intralogistics business of Oerlikon Barmag Automation with its 55 employees at the German sites in Bernkastel-Kues and Augsburg,” explains Georg Stausberg, CEO, Oerlikon Polymer Processing Solutions. IGH already offers complete solutions for the handling of fibre bobbins including integrated quality control systems engineered and realised by Thema System, another company of the IGH Group. IGH has many years of experience in the planning, design, manufacturing and installation of flexible, high-performance, and reliable automatic bobbin handling systems. “We are very pleased about this step and especially about the new highly qualified employees, whom I would like to welcome. Besides, this puts us in a position to significantly expand our business for intralogistics solutions for the textile industry in one fell swoop,” says Niccolò Paoli, CEO, IGH.

Yarn manufacturers continue to be supported in cooperation
Existing Oerlikon customer contracts will in principle remain unaffected by the new ownership structure. In future, the two partners will work together very closely and in partnership for the benefit of their customers. “The takeover of the workforce ensures that the specialist expertise remains within the company. This is crucial for us if we are to develop the business area intensively,” says Paoli.

Oerlikon is a leading provider of comprehensive polymer processing plant solutions and high-precision flow control component equipment. The division provides polycondensation and extrusion lines, manmade fibre filament spinning solutions, texturing machines, BCF and staple fiber lines as well as nonwoven production systems. It also develops and produces advanced and innovative hot runner systems and multi-cavity solutions for the injection molding industry.

Irico Gualchierani Handling (IGH) is a leader for the automation of spinning plant for manmade fibre filament, glass fibres and carbon fibres, offering high quality, powerful and reliable automatic handling systems with the state-of-the-art of the latest technologies available. With the headquarters in Firenze, IGH is the successor of the Italian companies Irico and Gualchierani, expanding their legacy of innovative and tailor-made solution installed worldwide.

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