MENSHEN Member of the Energy Efficiency Network of IK
One of 18 member companiesSaving energy not only brings economic benefits, but is above all very sustainable. The issue of energy efficiency is a central topic to the international competitiveness of the German economy and the climate protection. The IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V. is therefore also committed to greater energy efficiency in the plastic packaging industry. Since the beginning of July 2017, IK has been a co-signatory of the Germany-wide initiative Energy Efficiency Networks of the Federal Government. Together with 22 business associations, the initiative, under the auspices of the Federal Ministry of Economics, is committed to creating around 500 new networks by 2020. The stated goal is to save 5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions through network work. Likewise, in the summer of 2017, IK launched a first energy efficiency network in the industry. The network participants regularly meet to exchange experiences and ideas around the subject of energy efficiency and agree on a concrete savings goal. MENSHEN is one of 18 member companies of this initiative.
MENSHEN remains capable of producing and deliveringYou will have heard through the media that Ducor and Total – significant manufacturers of thermoplastic granules in Europe – have reported Force Majeure for their production facilities in the Netherlands as well as in Belgium and France. This means that bottlenecks may occur in supplies to the European market of certain plastic pellets which may result in the complete incapability of these manufacturers to supply.
On the basis of today’s planning options, MENSHEN, and thus our customers, will not be impacted by these shortages. Thanks to a prudent planning and procurement policy together with the selection and ordering of suitable alternative products, we have been able to stockpile appropriate quantities. As a result, it can be assured that, from today’s perspective, production will continue without interruption and will not come to a standstill for this reason. MENSHEN can consequently give the all-clear for all confirmed orders!
Yet another example of MENSHEN’s far-sightedness and market proximity. Perhaps we can convince you of our performance capability in future as well; not only regarding our circumspect procurement of the necessary raw materials, but also where our convincing development and project work is concerned.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Trade mission to Southern Africa
MENSHEN in cooperation with Spanish Chamber of Commerce
The managing director of MENSHEN Iber was on a business trip together with a trade delegation in Southern Africa to visit some interesting (potential) customers, establish contacts or deepen existing relationships. Stations of the trip were Maputo / Mozambique, Jahannesburg and Durban in South Africa and Lusaka / Zambia. This trade mission was organized and supported by the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the foreign trade delegations of the Spanish Embassy.
Latest Generation of High-Resolution 3D Printing
MENSHEN now implementing the latest 3D print technology
The option to produce prototypes, samples or even injection molds using a 3D printer has been around for some time. However, as with every new technology that is put on the market, the first generation is frequently prone to “teething troubles” and details need to be optimized.
With this in mind, it has been worth our while to wait a bit. With the Form2 desktop printer by formlabs, MENSHEN can now produce printed models – even large-scale ones – with an excellent resolution. And the process no longer takes several days, but rather only a few hours. MENSHEN is consequently in a position to produce high-resolution prototypes and models of closures and other packaging solutions that are accurate in every detail. This can be done flexibly and at short notice, and without being dependent on other service providers.
The resulting parts have an outstanding, smooth surface quality that resembles PP. The items can therefore be examined as regards function, design and details and, if necessary, optimized before starting batch production. And all made possible with the latest generation of 3D printers.
Sophisticated Technology – New Injection Molding Machines
Machine fleet at MENSHEN is expanding further
Packaging has been part of people’s daily lives for many years. After all, no matter whether it is food, cosmetics, cleaning agents, chemicals or other everyday goods, most of the things we need would break, get lost or perish before they reached us – were it not for packaging. The closure as the “top of the pack” plays a very special role in this. Besides its most important property – namely to prevent leakage – it is an eye-catcher on the retail shelf, draws attention to the pack as a whole, and contributes significantly to the success of the product. Because requirements on the closure are so high, it is one of the most highly developed products of our time. This is a challenge that MENSHEN has been meeting for more than 45 years.
Consequently, a closure must not only keep the pack tightly sealed, but also be easy to open and close, feel pleasant in use, and at the same time look good. This means that the manufacturing methods also have to be continuously advanced, optimized and adapted to the needs of the market.
This is where so-called cube molds play an important role. The use of this type of tooling is a remarkably efficient alternative when producing closures made of different components, materials and/or colors. Cube molds are characterized in that they have not only one tooled surface as is the case with conventional molds. Instead, four sides of the cube are utilized for molding, with all the phases needed in the production process taking place at the same time. While the first component or color is injected at the first station, cooling is carried out at the second one, the second part of the closure is produced at the third station, and the finished parts are ejected at station 4. After that, the mold rotates and the process starts again. The cycle is very fast and thus extremely productive.
Special machinery is called for when utilizing these cube molds; machines that meet the specific demands of this manufacturing technology. MENSHEN have now taken delivery of an injection molding machine that fulfills just these conditions. A heavy-duty crane was needed to heave this particular machine – weighing about the equivalent of 35 middle-class automobiles - from the truck prior to being transported to the designated production hall. Two further, identical machines are to follow in the second half of the year. Besides the construction of a new, additional production hall, this will be a further investment in the Finnentrop site.
MENSHEN with new booth at the Interpack
Almost 60 years old and still going strong: The Interpack – the world’s biggest and most significant trade show for the packaging industry
From May 4 to 10, 2017, 2,865 exhibitors from 60 countries presented their products and services to a highly interested professional audience at the Düsseldorf exhibition center. Of the 170,500 visitors to the trade fair, 74 percent came from abroad; of these, three quarters were decision-makers.
The motto at this year’s Interpack was “Tightly packed”, so the focus was on packing product to keep it safe and sound. This fits perfectly to us and our products – after all, we at MENSHEN provide reliable solutions that are in line with the market and meet its demands. The most frequently asked questions in our branch of industry are: “How can packs be securely closed and at the same time easy to open?” or “How can dispensing be kept simple, accurate and, above all safe and clean?”
At the Interpack, we were able to measure up to international competition with confidence. This is because we are fast and flexible and never stop working on the optimization of our products and services. Only in this way is it possible to satisfy the constant changes in market trends and the related requirements of our customers. And of course we give the sustainability aspect high priority by dealing prudently with limited resources and keeping a sharp eye on environmental safety.
On our new Interpack booth, all this was on display. With 160 square meters of exhibition space, it was the ideal setting for talking to existing customers and making contact to new prospects. A highly motivated, dedicated and professional team made up of staff members from the various MENSHEN locations all over the world welcomed our international visitors who were full of praise for the new trade show stand, the underlying exhibition concept and, not least, for the positive, harmonious booth team.
Our motto for presenting our products and broad range of services was “GET READY”. These two words were also intended to express our readiness to break new ground together with our partners, to implement projects and to try out new ideas. On your marks – Ready – Go!
The centerpiece of the booth was the “MENSHEN 360° Circuit” where visitors could obtain important facts and figures about the stages in the life of a closure and the comprehensive proposals on offer at MENSHEN – from conception to series production. As in a modern museum, interactive touch screens were provided to access key words, presentations, animations and brief movie sequences, giving visitors a vivid experience of the individual elements of the MENSHEN performance spectrum.
Once again, this year’s Interpack definitely provided the ideal platform for us to present MENSHEN products, services and innovative spirit.
A polite dosing system
MENSHEN wins the SilverPack Award 2017 with one2dose
The SilverPack “Polite Packaging” Award, initiated by the Meyer-Hentschel Institute in Saarbruecken / Zurich, has been presented this year for the ninth time. The award is conferred on packaging solutions that consistently focus on consumers as well as their needs and abilities, thus deserving the designation “Polite Packaging” – polite to users, polite to the environment and polite to the content.
On February 7, Frank Zeppel and Stefan Wolff from MENSHEN were proud and pleased to accept the certificate during the Innoform Conference in Osnabrueck. The award-winning product is “one2dose”, the dispensing closure made by MENSHEN. The jury’s text at the prize-giving ceremony reads: “Its main strength is its ability to accurately dispense liquids and granules. The closure always releases a defined quantity of product – exactly and without mess. With washing detergent, for instance, it is no longer necessary to guess the amount or arduously read the instructions. Excessive detergent is a thing of the past and this is good for groundwater and the oceans as well. Additionally, “one2dose” enables easy dispensing with just one hand. This enhances the degree of convenience of the closure even further.”
As of now, “one2dose” is entitled to bear the “Polite Packaging” label. A great example of the innovative spirit at MENSHEN and the high level of functionality and practicality of the closure solutions developed there.
The latest news on construction, modification and extension measures
Work is progressing smoothly and swiftly
Despite the bitter cold, ice and snow, work on the new halls and buildings has been continued speedily and on schedule. Recently, the façade of the newly constructed docking bays has started to gleam in an attractive, modern look (s. photo). And plenty has happened in the indoor areas in the past weeks: The floor is already finished and other modification and moving measures have been started or are still ongoing.
Construction of an Additional Production Hall
MENSHEN continue to invest in their facilities in Finnentrop, benefiting both the location and the entire GroupThe erection of the new hall will create a cohesive production complex which, on the one hand, will prevent unauthorized access and, on the other, provides the preconditions for integrating additional production facilities. Following the partial demolition of a former hall, this space is now being renovated to accommodate the Logistics, Shipping and Customs sections. Once the new hall has been erected, a modern central area for Quality Assurance will also be installed.
The implementation of these building measures takes into account the latest construction engineering standards, including the conversion of the lighting systems to LED technology. On the whole, however, great store is being set on ensuring that as much daylight as possible can enter the hall.
in.blow technology at MENSHEN
New manufacturing processes in useWith the in.blow technology, MENSHEN is offering a new production process. Thanks to the partnership with a Spanish company, MENSHEN is the only company in the market that can offer its customers this type of technology. in.blow combines injection molding and blow molding. For this process, liquid polymer is first injected into the cavity where the preform develops. After that, the final form is blown out using pressurized air. This results in the material being particularly smooth all over, thus making postprocessing unnecessary and eliminating the creation of waste. in.blow makes precise dimensions of bottlenecks possible, and seams become nearly invisible.
- Repeatable process without readjustment
- No modification of the injection-molding machine necessary
- No additional machinery necessary
- Shorter cycle times
- Up to 32 cavities possible
- Less personnel required
- Fill volumes from 5 ml to 2,000 ml
- Can be used for HDPE, LDPE, PP, PS, and PC
Initiative "Zero Pellet Loss"
MENSHEN certified in the name of environmental protection
All over the world, associations and plastics processing companies are participating in the “Zero Pellet Loss” initiative to prevent plastic pellets from getting lost along the supply chain. Studies on the issue of plastic waste have shown that even small quantities of plastic resin get into the water system, thus reaching the oceans where - together with numerous other elements - they lead to enormous accumulations of waste, known as marine litter. The amount of marine litter is currently estimated at 100 million tons and a large part of it is plastic. The plastics associations worldwide have assumed responsibility in this respect and are appealing to plastics processing companies to take part in the “Zero Pellet Loss” initiative. MENSHEN are participating in this initiative as a matter of course and can confirm in the form of a self-declaration that
· the necessary technical and organizational conditions are in place to prevent plastic pellet spills and ensure that, even if granules are spilled, they cannot reach the environment;
· employees are trained to avoid spills of plastic granules and, if necessary, to effectively remedy them;
· the effectiveness of these measures is reviewed on a regular basis.
MENSHEN sponsors mountain bike race
1,600 mountain bikers at the start
On April 23, the signal again sounded in Sundern for the start of the “Mega Sports” spring classic – the already traditional MTB race through typical Sauerland countryside. As in previous years, MENSHEN was there again as a sponsor when the 1,600 mountain bikers set off in the morning. This year, all the competitors received a surprise energy boost in their starter package: a muesli bar that helped to recharge their batteries and was a welcome and tasty snack.
Further information at: www.mega-sports.de
Specialists working hand in hand
MENSHEN laying great store by their new logistics partner, Liedhegener LogistikGeorg MENSHEN GmbH & Co. KG have been successful in their search for a highly efficient and dependable logistics partner. The owner-managed logistics company Liedhegener, located in the “Zum Dümpel” industrial estate in Sundern, was able to convince MENSHEN that they were the right partners to cope professionally and reliably with the demanding performance requirements.
A recently commissioned storage depot has been built specifically for this purpose. The hall was erected in the record time of only five months – the ground-breaking ceremony took place in September last year. On March 1, the new warehouse was officially opened by Berthold and David Liedhegener together with Ludger Braukmann (General Manager) and Carsten Heider (Supply Chain Manager) of MENSHEN. There are now 1,850 euro pallet bays available on an area of almost 2,000 m², intended initially for the raw materials for producing injection-molded closures and packaging solutions and later also for the interim storage of semi-finished and finished goods from the MENSHEN operations in Finnentrop-Frielentrop and Sundern-Hagen.
Two full semi-trucks of plastic granules – the equivalent of 36 industrial pallets – are delivered and put into storage every day, ensuring that MENSHEN can manufacture around the clock. Due to the fact that the requirement notifications from both production plants arrive at the forwarding company before eight o’clock each morning and have to be delivered by 2 p.m. the same day, a high degree of flexibility is essential.
To achieve maximum transparency, all ordering and storage processes as well as each movement of goods is dealt with via the MENSHEN SAP system, meaning that everything is state-of-the-art and paperless. As a result, the staff in both companies can always view the entire order transaction and administer all the storage positions online. This, in turn, enables rapid decisions as to which goods are to be or have been deposited at a specific position at a certain time.
Since MENSHEN has been HACCP-certified for some time and thus meets the most stringent food hygiene standards, the raw materials delivered here are stored in compliance with HACCP and reference samples are taken from each batch, warranting complete traceability if necessary.
WDR visit MENSHEN in Finnentrop
Report on training situation in the region
The West German radio station WDR with the editorial team of the program ‘Lokalzeit Südwestfalen’ recently visited MENSHEN in Finnentrop where they made a short film on apprenticeships and training in the region of South Westphalia. Here is the link to the film – it’s really worth watching!
Our Trainees’ Outing
Lots of new impressions for our apprenticesThe annual trainee outing has meanwhile become a fixed event at MENSHEN. This year, the excursion first went to the "Phenomenta" in Lüdenscheid where interesting - and some amazing - experiments and other physics-related phenomena were carried out. Following a visit to the technology center, the trainees then went on an extensive tour of the Kostal factory. After that, a hearty meal was waiting at the Willecke country inn in Sundern-Stockum, where the eventful tour ended. As in the years before, it was an awesome, varied outing. Further information at: www.phaenomenta.com
Dr. Matthias Heider (MP) visits MENSHEN in Finnentrop
The CDU Member of Parliament for the Borough of Olpe and southern Märkischer Kreis was a guest at Georg MENSHEN GmbH & Co. KGDr. Matthias Heider (Member of Parliament) recently paid a visit to MENSHEN, makers of plastic closures and system packaging, in Finnentrop. Following a brief round of introductions, the Managing Director Ludger Braukmann presented facts and figures about MENSHEN’s products and target markets. Thanks to his former activities in the chemicals sector and in the packaging recycling industry, Dr. Heider was already well informed on the subject of packaging. In the further course of conversation, other important topics included the provision with raw materials and energy. Stable energy prices and a reliable supply of raw materials for producing plastics are essential to ensure that we remain competitive and to safeguard the MENSHEN locations in Germany.
Dr. Matthias Heider showed great interest in the Company and in the general economic situation. The demographic change and its effects on MENSHEN and on other enterprises with a similar structure were also topics of discussion. As Ludger Braukmann pointed out, “Due to demographic change, it is becoming more and more difficult to get qualified specialist craftspeople; and it is also increasingly problematic to find suitable trainees”. MENSHEN is faced with tough challenges that need to be met and dealt with by taking appropriate action. It is absolutely essential for MENSHEN to be viewed in a positive light, especially as an employer brand. In this context, several schools in the area were visited this year and a variety of job fairs in the region were actively used as an exhibition platform.
Following the highly interesting round of discussions, the guest enjoyed an in-depth tour of the Company. Dr. Heider was evidently impressed by our modern machine fleet and production department. This visit by a member of parliament was an excellent opportunity for both parties to exchange views as well as being an important step towards the future.
MENSHEN wins the PackTheFuture Award 2015
one2dose best in consumer benefits categoryFollowing its successful launch last year, the PackTheFuture Award 2015 has now taken place for the second time. From around 60 packaging innovations in plastic that were submitted, the “one2dose” dosing system by MENSHEN took 1st place in the consumer benefits category. The innovation submitted by MENSHEN contributes to the visual and in particular to the functional upgrade of the overall packing unit. The pack stands out on the sales shelf thanks to its closure. In addition, it achieves added value as a result of its functionality and this has a positive influence on the purchaser’s decision to buy. Exact dosing is necessary or desirable for a variety of reasons: incorrect dosage could unintentionally alter the properties of the product. Over-dosage costs money and is also an unnecessary burden on the environment. In Germany alone, the amount of detergents and cleaners that are wasted due to overdosing adds up to around 165,000 tons. With “one2dose”, it is consequently possible to make an active contribution towards environmental protection.
MENSHEN Product Nominated for German Packaging Award
one2dose – the innovative dosing system from MENSHEN - convinces jury
The German Packaging Award is probably the most prestigious packaging prize in Europe. It is presented once a year to give public recognition to the best, most innovative developments in the packaging sector.
From almost 200 submissions from seven countries, the jury has now nominated 53 outstanding proposals from all fields of packaging for the German Packaging Award. Included in the cosmetics and personal hygiene category is the “one2dose” dispensing system made by MENSHEN. This clever dosing solution impresses by incorporating several practical, efficient and useful features in one product and also ensures the absolutely accurate, clean and correct dosing of a wide variety of content. An over- or under-dosage is practically impossible if used properly - it is consequently not only economical, but also environmentally friendly. The system contributes towards enhancing both the appearance and the functionality of the packing unit.
Another example of the innovative spirit at MENSHEN
MENSHEN again distinguished as a training organization of excellence
MENSHEN receive this prestigious award for the third time in successionTo provide prospective apprentices with job orientation and assist them in their selection of a training company, the official “Training Organization of Excellence” seal has this year again been conferred on MENSHEN. Numerous companies from the region competed for the title and were rated in a variety of segments by their apprentices. After the ratings had been assessed, it was clear that this year MENSHEN is again one of the companies ranked by its apprentices as “very good”. Having already achieved this distinction in 2013 and 2014, this is the third year in succession that MENSHEN can be pleased with this impressive result.
DAY OF PACKAGING
MENSHEN offer an interesting glimpse behind the scenes“Packaging Day” took place in Germany, Austria and Switzerland for the first time on June 11th, 2015. It goes without saying that MENSHEN took part in this event – which was initiated by the German Packaging Institute - and provided their guests with information about the company and the training options there. The aim was to present the topic of packaging to the general public. The first “Packaging Day” was a resounding success. Numerous representatives from industry and administration, neighbors and more than 100 school children took advantage of this opportunity to experience an intriguing glimpse behind the scenes. Following an informative, interesting tour of the factory site, the guests were invited to restore their strength with coffee and cake, sausages and cold beverages. The sun shone brightly on this brilliant day.
MENSHEN - in 2014 once again "Outstanding Training Provider"
Trainees at Georg MENSHEN GmbH & Co. KG have once again given top marks to their companyNumerous companies from South Westphalia applied with their trainees to be awarded the “Outstanding Achievement in Vocational Training 2014” seal. The aim of the award: to give young people a reliable guide when selecting a suitable company to provide them with vocational training. At the same time it gives companies the opportunity to present their vocational training schemes and accomplishments and to publicly market them in a targeted public relations campaign. We are particularly pleased that our trainees once again rated our company so highly this year and were able to identify with MENSHEN.
MENSHEN named as outstanding training provider in 2013
Trainees at Georg MENSHEN GmbH & Co. KG have given the company top marks.56 companies from South Westphalia employing a total of 1,262 trainees applied to be awarded the “Outstanding Achievement in Vocational Training 2013” seal of quality. The principal aim of the seal is to give young people a reliable guide when selecting a suitable company to provide them with vocational training. At the same time it gives companies the opportunity to illustrate their efforts and accomplishments in the field of vocational training and specifically market them. It was particularly significant for us that in the vast majority of cases our trainees were able to identify with the company and awarded it around 90 per cent of the possible points for commitment, solidarity and personal interaction.
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