Interview with Martin Brück

Martin Brück, Managing Director of APT advanced polymer tubing, a corporate brand of the Masterflex Group in Interview.

In your opinion, what are currently the biggest challenges for painting companies and job-shop coaters?

  • "Best-in-Class" quality and economical production in equal measure to meet the cost pressure on raw materials and energy as well as from the customer side.
  • Quality and performance standards of globally operating companies
  • Exploiting market potential in established markets
  • Lack of qualified personnel

From your standpoint, what are the best ways to optimize coating processes?

  • Material and raw material specifications to achieve a sustainable quality standard
  • Close relationships with customers and suppliers to jointly master challenges with extended expertise
  • Use high-quality materials, especially in the area of product and colour changes, to achieve efficient and sustainable coatings
  • Ensure high safety standards such as electrical conductivity

What trends are emerging in your area of industrial painting technology?

  • Expansion in growth regions
  • Automation (e.g. use of painting robots)
  • "Smart products" such as high-performance hoses that are 100% measured inside and outside and indicate replacement or maintenance intervals
  • Product labelling for improved traceability and quality control

What developments/solutions does your company offer for these trends?

  • High quality controls e.g. online X-ray measurement control for tightest tolerances in inner and outer diameter (pigging technique)
  • Customized laser marking for high performance tubing without reduction of power
  • Digitized hoses and connection systems (e.g. AMPIUS® technology from Masterflex)
  • Focus even stronger on customers through improved logistics and global presence

What significance does PaintExpo have for your company?

  • Increase awareness of APT advanced polymer tubing
  • Establish new contacts and develop existing contacts
  • Update and exchange on new technologies
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