Conair Group announces that it is now selling and servicing three market-leading product lines developed by Doteco SPA of Italy to film and fiber producers in North America. Doteco and Conair are both Piovan Group companies and the new brand reflects Piovan’s desire to deliver Doteco technology to the North American market.
The three product lines – Blendo Adroit and Grado Adroit blenders and the Vento air ring – are the vanguard of a new Conair by Doteco™ brand that is being marketed through Conair Group’s extensive North American sales and service organization. The move follows Piovan Group’s 2019 acquisition of Doteco and its 2021https://www.conairgroup.com/product/vento/ acquisition of IPEG – including Conair, Thermal Care, Pelletron, and Republic Machine – which helped make Piovan Group a global leader in systems for the automation of plastics processing.
For Conair, the move is a golden opportunity, bringing new technology that will advance its prospects in North America’s huge fiber and blown film market, explains Alan Landers, Conair’s general manager for Doteco Inc. (the U.S. arm for Doteco), who is spearheading the Conair by Doteco™ introduction.
“From its beginning in 1994, Doteco has focused on extrusion processing, and the design and precision of their blenders have made them the envy of the industry,” said Landers. “In the fiber segment, where thread color, texture, and consistency are critically important, Doteco’s continuous loss-in-weight blenders, including the Blendo Adroit, rank high in a very competitive field for auxiliary equipment due to their reliability, dosing and mixing accuracy, and ease of use.”
Landers added that Doteco’s innovative blenders have enjoyed even greater success in the blown film market: “Doteco was the first company to develop a batch blender that could mix and weigh in a single hopper. Combining that compact hopper with an extremely precise, reliable dosing valve created a loss-in-weight batch blender – now the Grado Adroit – that is much shorter and easier to mount in the confines of a film extruder and tower. That innovation enabled Doteco to develop strong relationships with extruder manufacturers that have helped make it the top blender for blown film, especially multi-layer films.”
The new brand offering also includes the new Vento profile gauge-control system for film extrusion. With several models sized for film dies from 5.9 in. to 35.4 in. (150-900 mm), the Vento combines film cooling and gauge control. A single air inlet provides a consistent inflow of air, divided into three radial flows that shape the molten film bubble. A servo-controlled motor uses real-time gauge measurements to direct small, but precise changes in airflow around the circumference of the film bubble to ensure thickness consistency.
Because of Doteco’s many OEM relationships, there is a large installed base of Doteco equipment worldwide, and growing demand for direct sales from North American customers who want to upgrade or modernize production capacity. The new blenders and air ring complement existing Conair product lines, greatly strengthening its product offering in the film and fiber market and opening new sales opportunities. And, that’s where Conair’s sales and service force, the largest in North America, comes in.
The new brand under which the products are being sold reflects the complementary nature of the sister companies, explains Landers. “We want people to know that there are two strong organizations delivering these products: Conair, which is leveraging its North American sales and service organization, and Doteco, which is providing specialty products respected for great design and a strong reputation in key specialty markets.”
The Conair Group (www.conairgroup.com) offers innovative auxiliary equipment solutions to plastics processors around the world. With 32 degreed engineers, including 16 senior team members with an average of over 23 years of experience, Conair brings unparalleled technical expertise and support to its customers, guaranteeing its products will deliver maximum productive uptime. Twenty parts and service team members respond to tens of thousands of calls each year, answering 99.89% of calls with an average response time of seven seconds. Over 450 individual products include resin drying systems, blenders, feeders and material-conveying systems, temperature-control equipment, and granulators. Extrusion solutions include line-control systems, film, and sheet scrap-reclaim systems, and downstream equipment for pipe and profile extrusion. Conair also has specialized expertise in every major end market – such as packaging, medical, transportation, building and construction, and many others – and strives to ensure plastics processors succeed in today’s competitive global marketplace.