Müller Kunststoffe celebrate 50 years of flexible solutions
The Müller Kunststoffe success story began 50 years ago when the Müller family set up a business recycling chocolate packaging in Lichtenfels in the heart of Bavaria, Germany. They quickly established themselves in the footwear industry when they began to develop flexible PVC compounds before starting TPE production in 1975. Half a century since they were established and the company has gone from strength to strength and continues to deliver market leading TPE and flexible polymer solutions.
One of the founding principles of Müller Kunststoffe was to ‘be different’ from the competition and find ways of solving the impossible. Their reputation has been built on creating unique formulations and polymer combinations that are customised to meet application requirements. They have established long-term partnerships with customers due to their ability to solve any challenge put before them.
This spirit of ingenuity has been driven by managing director Georg Ender, who has worked with the company for 27 years. Ender was instrumental in developing their TPE compounding capabilities. Further investment in production capacities came in 1990 as the market for TPE began to establish itself. This was followed by era of rapid growth and continual investment in production, people and technology. Whilst taking the 360 degree approach to management and working closely with all aspects of the business; be it suppliers, production, customers and operations, Ender can most often be found in the laboratory testing the latest polymers, additives and raw materials to create a personalised solution for a customer or even something original for the market. As Müller Kunststoffe welcomed Dr Peter Ryzko as managing director in August 2015, Ender will be continue to push the possibilities of flexible polymer compounding as he moves to an R&D director role for the HEXPOL TPE group.
The latest chapter in Müller Kunststoffe’s story began in 2012 when they were acquired by HEXPOL, the global polymer group. Here they joined the ELASTO businesses in Sweden, UK and China to form the HEXPOL TPE family. Since joining HEXPOL, to support their growing customer base Müller Kunststoffe has invested in their operations with two additional production lines and the construction of a new technical centre at their Lichtenfels site.
To celebrate this important mile-stone in their history and look forward to the next 50 years, Müller Kunststoffe invited customers, employees, local dignitaries, industry leaders to the official opening of their new technical centre in September. Dr Peter Ryzko commented “Müller Kunststoffe is proud of their history in this dynamic and challenging industry. Our growth has only been possible thanks to our dedicated and knowledgeable teams. As we move into our next half century, we will continue this legacy of intelligent and unique polymer solutions which help our customers become more successful.”
About HEXPOL TPE
HEXPOL TPE brings together the ELASTO businesses in Sweden, UK and China and Müller Kunststoffe in Germany. We are at the forefront in the development and manufacture of custom formulated thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and complimentary compounds. Our family delivers a trusted combination of material know-how, R&D, production capability and comprehensive technical services. Alongside European and Asian production and product development facilities, as part of the HEXPOL group of companies, we share an extensive global footprint covering EU, Asia-Pacific and NAFTA, enabling us to support our customers worldwide.
A comprehensive product portfolio covering TPS, TPO, TPV, TPU, soft PVC, cork compounds and masterbatch is led by global brands Dryflex®, Mediprene®, Lifoflex®, EPSeal®, Lifolit®, Lifocork®, Lifobatch® and Lifoprene®. We support OEMs, moulders and designers at all stages of product development in the medical, electronic, automotive, caps & closures, construction and consumer markets.
Mediprene®, Dryflex®, EPSeal® , Lifoprene®, Lifoflex®, Lifocork®, Lifolit® and Lifobatch® are registered trademarks property of the HEXPOL group of companies.
For further information please contact:
Jill Bradford, Marketing & PR Manager, HEXPOL TPE
tel +44 161 654 2369 | jill.bradford@hexpolTPE.com