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Stork dedicates new facility.

machinery supplier consolidating U.S. operations; adds sales and marketing organization and technical center

In a move to consolidate its U.S. companies servicing the paper, textile and nonwovens industries, parent company Stork, Boxmeer, The Netherlands ($1.9 billion in sales in 1991), has combined Stork Brabant and Stork X-Cel sales, marketing and manufacturing operations with sister company Stork Screens in Charlotte, NC.

The new facility, in a renovated and redesigned building adjacent to the older Stork Screens facility, was officially opened and dedicated April 9.

Both Stork X-Cel and Stork Brabant had been active in North America in the past through agents; with offices in Charlotte, the company is positioned to offer more direct services, support and consulting for North American customers. U.S. sales and service for all three companies, all of which are part of Stork's Industrial Group, will now be handled in Charlotte. Speaking at the opening, Adriaan Veenman, of Stork's board of directors, said that the three Stork companies now offer "the right systems, the right advice and the right technologies all in the right place."

The facility, whose opening was attended by the Charlotte mayor, the Governor of North Carolina and many Stork executives and customers, also serves as a sales and training center. The center has STK-3000 equipment, an ink jet printer and color manipulation systems showcased for demonstrations and customer training sessions. The equipment represents the latest in rotary screen technology specifically digital pre-printing procedures and high-speed laser screen engraving.

Of the three Stork companies in Charlotte, Stork X-Cel is most involved with nonwovens. It manufactures finishing, calendering and laminating equipment for the floorcovering, wallpaper and coating industries. The company handles products such as interlinings, thermal bonded nonwovens, disposable medical products, insulated jackets and technical fibers.

Also at the facility is Stork Finishing, a business unit of Brabant that provides a hot melt spray laminating system. This machine uses a heated polyurethane glue in controlled spray patterns. Since only the glue is heated, the process is safe for use on lycra and other heat sensitive materials.
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Author:Sullivan, Scott D.
Publication:Nonwovens Industry
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Date:May 1, 1992
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