Buss: Showing flag at the NPE

After recently regaining independence, Buss AG of Pratteln, Switzerland will make its international plastics trade-fair debut at the NPE
(June 19 to 23, 2006 in Chicago). “It is of key strategic importance for us to show the flag at this event, the biggest plastics industry trade fair of 2006”, pointed out the ongoing Buss CEO Beat Sturzenegger, “and since close to 20 % of our sales are in the NAFTA region alone, we see substantial growth potential here – not least because our regained independence allows us to concentrate without restriction on our core capabilities”. Thanks to the technical and economic advantages of the Buss Kneader product family, the company can now go ahead with the global expansion of its market leadership in demanding process technology. The quantec® high-performance Kneader to be shown on the Buss stand 5926 in hall B1 plays a key role thereby. Presented for the first time in the USA, this new development beats all other Buss Kneaders with an unequalled throughput to investment cost ratio. After proving itself in PVC compounds and powder paints processing, the quantec® Kneader will be adapted to other applications as well, such as for direct calender feeding. After more than half a century of industrial success, Buss offers customers flexible state-of-the-art production facilities as well as fully comprehensive process technology know-how. As explained by Beat Sturzenegger: “During the last few years in particular, we have progressed from a machine-building company to a solution provider for our customers. Our biggest strength is that we integrate process technology and machine
design to provide the optimal solution for every compounding or processing challenge. That lets us meet each customer’s quality demands and cost-effectiveness requirements at the same time”.
The strategic goal of Buss is to further expand its high existing market share in areas where users can strengthen their positioning with Buss Kneaders, above all with the quantec® high-performance Kneader now presented for the first time in the USA. The company focuses thereby on niche markets of the plastics, chemical, aluminium and food industries. “Indispensable to this end is our ongoing research and development effort, on which we spend about 4 % of our earnings. We can afford this above-average outlay thanks to our highly efficient production facilities, our healthy financial situation and order books, and not least thanks to the full strategic support of our majority
shareholder Fabrel Lotos, Zurich”.

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