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Hermes presents innovations for the board industry at LIGNA 2017

Successful launch of ProBoard® RP 274 and ProBoard® RB 374 92 ZZ products at world's leading trade fair for the woodworking industry

Hermes Schleifmittel GmbH presented two new premium products from its recently-launched ProBoard® family of products in time for the world's leading trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for the woodworking and timber processing industry, held in Hannover from May 22 – 26.

Hermes uses the name ProBoard® to cover a variety of segmented wide belt types for working chipboard and fiberboard (MDF, HDF, and OSB) with silicon carbide grain, a semi-open coating, and antistatic finish. Adding the combi-backing type ProBoard® RP 274 and the polyester cloth type ProBoard® RB 374 92 ZZ to the portfolio has enabled the Hamburg company to consolidate further its market position as a highly-specialized supplier of abrasives for the board industry.

For the first time in 14 years, Hermes had its own booth at the Ligna fair to launch these new products. The company exhibited its extensive range for industry-specific applications in Hall 17 with a focus on “board, the basis of furniture production”. 

LIGNA, the ideal platform for the market launch of Hermes’ new ProBoard® wide belt types

“With its international trade public and forward-looking concept, LIGNA was the ideal platform both for positioning ourselves as a supplier which is shaping the market, and for launching our innovations where they would attract a great deal of industry attention”, says Dr. Jan Cord Becker, CEO of Hermes Abrasives.

Wide belt type ProBoard® RP 274 was Hermes’ premiere of a high-performance combined backing which merges the specific properties of a paper backing - especially for fine sanding - with the high strength and rigidity of a cloth belt. Compared to conventional standard products, the plane structure of the reverse also ensures reduced graphite wear. The antistatic finish of the backing and the bond system prevent both static build-up on the belt and as a result, also premature loading with sanding dust.

ProBoard® RB 374 92 ZZ is a modified polyester cloth wide belt characterized by its rigid, low-stretch and highly tear-resistant properties. The backing is particularly suitable for high sanding pressures and high shear forces during oscillation. The antistatic resin bond prevents premature loading with sanding dust and, in combination with the polyester backing, is also suitable for use in environments with elevated humidity levels. 

A really positive summary of the 5-day fair

Large numbers of visitors came to the Hermes booth for information about the new products and about the full Hermes range for the woodworking industry. Around 75% of visitors were from Europe, of which 42% were from Germany, whilst 22% of interested parties came from Asia, and just over 10% of visitors were from North, Central and South America and from the Middle East and Africa.

Over half the conversations were with new contacts and are associated with concrete follow-up activities, thus further reinforcing the board industry as a focus market for Hermes.  

Maintaining contact with important long-standing customers and leading machine manufacturers was another key focus of exhibition activities in order to consolidate Hermes’ role as a supplier of consumables for delivery with new machines.

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