Berstorff: Strong growth

Extruder maker Berstorff, Germany, is back in the black, says Manfred Reichel, managing director. The firm has separated its plastics and rubber machinery divisions, and hired additional technical and sales personnel to improve service, and is repositioning itself from a machine manufacturer into a complete systems supplier, he says. Berstorff hit bottom in the mid-1990s when the firm placed a big bet on sales to Russian firms that never out. Now, as part of the MPM group of processing machinery companies, the firm is headed for 6 to 7% growth/year for at least the next five years, Reichel predicts. In April, the company founded Berstorff Service GmbH to provide after-sales services. These will include maintenance of an entire plant, even on competitors‘ machinery, as well as spare parts and consultations on projects.

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