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150 Years of HÄNDLE: From Workshop to Globally Accepted Partner

The trade Journal ceramic forum international spoke to Managing Director Gerhard Fischer (GF) about the company’s development in recent years and its strategic orientation for the future.

150 years in the service of its customers

Interview of the trade Journal Ziegelindustrie international on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of HÄNDLE with Gerhard Fischer, Managing Director; Dietmar Heintel, Head of Sales Service, and Hans-Jörg Walter, Head of Sales Machinery, on the history, present and future .

New managing director at ZMB BRAUN

Thomas Bauer strengthens the management team at the Friedrichshafen location.

As new managing director, Thomas Bauer has been managing ZMB BRAUN GmbH together with Gerhard Fischer since May 1, 2020. He succeeds Timo Mader, who has returned to the automotive industry after three years, to take on new challenges.

Thomas Bauer (46) is a graduate engineer with many years of experience in the extrusion industry.
His last position was as managing director of a medium-sized mechanical engineering company in Baden-Württemberg.

Thomas Bauer is looking forward to his new task and will continue to consolidate and expand the cooperative and reliable cooperation of his predecessor with all business partners. A central topic of his tasks at
ZMB BRAUN will be innovation partnerships for customers and research institutions. Integrated into the HÄNDLE organisation since 2014, ZMB BRAUN, together with the company AUGUST KAMPEN, is the leading partner for dies with a wide range of products and solutions for the ceramic industry.
“Under the management of Thomas Bauer, a proven and experienced expert, we will continue to develop our company technologically and economically in the interest of our customers,” says  Gerhard Fischer.

Since the takeover of the company by HÄNDLE, ZMB BRAUN has undergone forward-looking investment and restructuring measures. These included the implementation of a consistent ERP system and 2D/3D CAD system software, as well as the permanent and effective optimization of procedures and processes – especially in the areas of mechanical production, galvanics and assembly.

Thomas Bauer’s main focus of activity at ZMB BRAUN will be the development of market-driven and customer-specific problem solutions and the assurance and optimisation of high quality and delivery time requirements.

Changes in the management of the ZMB BRAUN GmbH

Mr. Timo Mader has left the company after 3 years on 31.03.2020 and is moving back to the automotive industry to face new challenges.

We would like to thank Mr. Mader for his dedicated commitment and the valuable work he has done for the company over the past years and wish him success and all the best for the future.

Since the takeover of the company by HÄNDLE GmbH Maschinen und Anlagenbau in Mühlacker, ZMB BRAUN has passed through forward-looking investment and restructuring measures. Together with Managing Director Gerhard Fischer, Timo Mader made a significant contribution to the further development of the
location in Friedrichshafen. This included the permanent and effective optimization of workflows and processes – especially in the areas of mechanical production, galvanics and assembly.

In addition, all IT areas have been upgraded to the latest standards in recent years and major investments have been made in a new ERP and CAD system. The last investment was made in 2019 in a state-of-the-art CNC machining centre. With ZMB BRAUN you now have a partner at your side who is technically and economically well prepared for the future. The fact that you as a customer appreciate these investments is shown, among other things, by your feedback to the “Zi” customer survey, with the result that ZMB BRAUN was able to win second place in the “Zi Best Service Supplier Awards 2019”. Many thanks for this appreciation.

Until we are able to introduce the new managing director for ZMB BRAUN, presumably by 01.05.2020,
Mr. Gerhard Fischer will be at your full disposal for all your concerns at any time.

Special times require special actions

We at HÄNDLE take the current situation and development caused by the continuing spread of the coronavirus very seriously.

We will take all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of our employees, customers, business partners and others in this critical situation.
For this reason, travel by our employees to risk areas will be stopped until further notice. In individual cases, we will review appointments where the personal presence of our employees is necessary together with you and keep them to a minimum.
As part of an international group of companies, our working methods in various areas are not tied to a fixed workplace, so some appointments can be made by telephone, video or online.

Both at our location in Mühlacker and worldwide, it is now necessary to strategically and administratively absorb the current situation as well as to prepare the coming days, weeks and months.

Please contact your customary contact person at HÄNDLE at any time for all queries.

We will keep you informed of any further measures that may be necessary.
Stay safe. Stay healthy. And stay in touch!

– Gerhard Fischer –

HÄNDLE strengthens its activities in in-house production

HÄNDLE strengthens its activities in in-house production and put new 5-axis CNC machining centre into operation at Muehlacker

The new 5-axis CNC machining centre is designed for 5-sided, long bed machining (6 m) of cubic machine parts and spare parts. It convinces by its high accuracy and therefore precise quality, as well as by optimal economy and flexibility.

Due to setup parallel to machining time (during machining in one working area, the other can already be set up), there are almost no downtimes.

The tool magazine contains 60 tools for turning/drilling/milling.
The tool change time is approx. 7 seconds, the magazine can also be loaded during machining.

The machining centre has a total weight of 45 tons.
Programming is carried out exclusively with the latest CAD-CAM software.
2 HÄNDLE employees work in multiple shifts on the machine.

Willi Bender

Longtime HÄNDLE employee Willi Bender died December 26, 2018, at the age of 83.

For 55 years, ever since he joined the company on January 1, 1963, Willi Bender was a faithful, extremely reliable HÄNDLE colleague – and we bow our heads in respect to his lifetime achievement.
Willi Bender was a driving force and a consummate role model for both our company and the entire brick and tile industry – we are all going to miss him dearly.

– Gerhard Fischer –

A next-generation maintenance system

The future lies in digitization
A next-generation maintenance system

Digitization is giving rise to rapid, radical change. Any company that fails to invest in digital technologies in good time will be in danger of missing the boat. HÄNDLE, though, being quick to recognize the potential of digitization, has a next-generation maintenance system in use.
The PM-MAINT service tool facilitates maintenance and planning, thus ensuring more efficient production processes as an important factor in securing long-term economic success.

Here at HÄNDLE, we asked ourselves the big question: What can be done to guarantee optimal maintenance? The answer: a proactive tool with which to monitor all preventive and corrective maintenance of HÄNDLE equipment while guaranteeing clear-cut spare parts management in all detail. With this tool, unscheduled outages and loss of production can be avoided. Maintenance-time expenditures can be minimized via targeted time and material management, and that, in turn, will cut labor costs.

The tool’s operation is individually configurable to meet each customer’s own requirements.
Take, for example, the visual implementation of an optical display for indicating degrees of wear according to the traffic-light principle. The thusly established status can be forwarded to a previously determined recipient by means of a simple text message.

*** The HÄNDLE Service Tool is currently under development and testing ***

Are you interested?
Your contact: Jürgen Mahler, J.Mahler@haendle.com

The impressive Nova III

Röben Polska Sp z o.o. i Wspólnicy Sp. K. orders two Nova III roof tile presses with eccentric cam from HÄNDLE

Röben Polska Sp z o.o. i Wspólnicy Sp. K. in Poland has put in an order for two of HÄNDLE‘s new, just recently introduced Nova III roof tile presses with eccentric cam.
Within the scope of wet and dry-side modernization at Sroda Slaska Plant II, that pair of far more effective four-field Nova III presses by HÄNDLE are set to replace the plant‘s three existing three-field presses. Decreasing the number of installed machines will greatly reduce the maintenance effort and attendant costs. “We were sure from the very start“, says Thomas Wagner, Manager Business Unit Machinery and Equipment, “that our Nova IIIs would immediately be a big hit on the market and set new standards for the production
of large-format roof tiles and tiles of complex geometry. Thanks to their innovative engineering, we have a quickly convincing set of arguments and will sure be able to satisfy all our
customers‘ future needs.“

Both Nova III 2.400 presses are scheduled for delivery in January, and their commissioning is set for March 2019.

ceramitec 2018

From April 10 through 13, HÄNDLE and the partners ZMB BRAUN, KAMPEN, STEELE and DIREXA will be presenting innovative, state-of-the-art technical solutions for the heavy clay industry at ceramitec 2018.

Gerhard Fischer, Managing Director of HÄNDLE and ZMB BRAUN, emphasizes the importance of participating in this leading trade fair, “We are looking joyously forward to seeing our customers again and meeting all new interested parties. ceramitec, as a global meeting place for the ceramic industry, enables us to give our international customers a just-like-home welcome”.

At ceramitec 2018, HÄNDLE can be found in Hall B5, Stand 301/402.

Product news NOVA III

New roof tile press Nova III – engineered for the future

With a Nova III, it has now become possible to press thinner bodies with a lower shaping moisture content. Stiffer pressing, in turn, facilitates the drying of wares with less energy consumption. Nova III can handle 40 % higher shear force than existing types of construction!

Exclusive product presentation Nova III

The Nova III roof tile press with eccentric cam sets new standards for the production of sophisticated large-area tiles

HÄNDLE presented their latest technical development to a select circle of customers this last November.
According to Managing Director Gerhard Fischer, Nova III not only marks the beginning of a new era for 400-ton presses, it also sets new standards for the economical, flexible production of standard and large-format roof tiles, tiles of complex geometry and thin-walled products.

Personalia Timo Mader

Since the 1 April, Timo Mader (37) has been fortifying the top echelon at ZMB Braun GmbH as its new managing director

Together with Gerhard Fischer, CEO at HÄNDLE and ZMB Braun, he intends to advance and enhance the company’s Friedrichshafen works.

Company Profile Argentina

In 2017, HÄNDLE received a number of major orders from brickworks in Argentina, hence considerably enhancing its market presence in South America

In recent months, HÄNDLE GmbH Maschinen und Anlagenbau has received a number of major commissions for brickyards in Argentina, hence significantly strengthening their market presence in South America. Already in 2015, Händle equipped the well-known brick and tile producer Loimar S.A. in Tandil with a set of machines for modernizing its preparation plant.

Company Profile North Africa

More than 250 HÄNDLE built machines are presently operating reliably in North Africa

More than 250 HÄNDLE built machines are presently operating reliably in North Africa. About 30 of them are in Morocco and Tunisia, and the other 220 in Algeria. Some are in use as individual machines, and some are part of a complete processing plant.

Company Profile Value-adding benefits

HÄNDLE and ZMB BRAUN – Strong partner for the global ceramic industry since 1870

HÄNDLE counts among the world’s most innovative producers for the entire spectrum of preparation and shaping in the heavy clay industry. With a history extending back more than 145 years, this traditionsteeped
company has always been a reliable partner to the brick and tile industry.