Who is Conair Today?
Conair is the leading producer of auxiliary equipment for plastics processing in the world. We make and market over 450 different products, including resin-drying systems, blenders, feeders and material-conveying systems, temperature-control equipment and granulators. Extrusion solutions include gravimetric control systems, film and sheet scrap-reclaim systems and downstream equipment for pipe and profile extrusion. Conair is also a leader in plastics process integration, engineering and installing complete manufacturing systems that help plastics processors manage their valuable raw materials, handle their critical manufactured parts, and improve their process yield.
Conair is able to offer concrete solutions across the entire spectrum of auxiliary equipment and plastics processes. Whether you are an injection molder, an extruder, blow molder, thermoformer, rotomolded or compounder, Conair has auxiliary equipment solutions for you. If you consider yourself part of an end-market such as packaging, medical, transportation, building and construction, or any other, Conair has specialized expertise to help you. No matter whether you are located in Indiana or India, Frankfurt, Germany, or Frankfurt, Kentucky, Guaymas, Mexico, or Guangzhou, China, or even all of those places, Conair is there to serve you.
Understanding the industries and customers you serve and the regional markets you compete in, we can anticipate your needs. We canprovide you with not only products that do what they were designed to do, but also knowledge and technology that t akes you better at your business. As one of the world’s largest suppliers of auxiliary equipment Conair has unique access to plastics plants across the globe. Our people are in those plants every day helping to solve problems, save energy, cut waste and generally do more with less.
A History of Growth.
Conair was founded in 1956 by small-town entrepreneur John Reib. He was one of the first in the plastics industry to recognize the need to automate the material-handling process and worked on ways to increase yields for injection molders and extruders everywhere.
The company was soon the dominant name in the auxiliary equipment market and remained that way when the company was bought by GWH Holdings Company in 1986. At that time Conair consisted of a plant and headquarters in Franklin, PA – where bulk systems, material handling and conditioning equipment, water equipment, and reclaim systems were manufactured – and the Jetro division in Bay City, MI, which manufactured pelletizers, granulators and robots.
At that time, Conair was also expanding globally by joining forces with Churchill, a manufacturer of liquid temperature-control units in the United Kingdom. Later, Churchill evolved into Conair Europe. To serve the Far East, Conair Pacific was formed in Singapore. More recently, Conair Mexicana was formed to serve Mexico, Central America, and South America.
In the late 1980s, The Conair Group acquired Martin, Inc., a robotics manufacturer, Gatto Machinery, a pipe and profile extrusion-equipment manufacturer, and Wor-Tex, which made granulators. The Company also formed Conair Tempro to manufacture the heat-transfer equipment. Over the next decade, Conair posted record sales volumes and grew over 350% to become the largest and fastest growing supplier of auxiliary equipment in the world.
In 1997, all these separate divisions were at once merged into a single, powerful organization with corporate offices and technical center near Pittsburgh, PA. Service, parts, and post-sale support have been consolidated into a 120,000-sq.-ft. manufacturing facility in Franklin. This means that the extraordinary talents of Conair employees are merged with the full line of Conair products and services, with unrivaled vision and process knowledge.
You’ll find us using the word “Confidence” often. That’s because we think it is what our customers need most in today’s complex business environment. Sure, you want the best technology and the most reliable equipment available, designed and built by a company with a long-standing reputation for performance, quality, innovation and value. You want to know that it is backed by the largest and most experienced team of parts and service specialists in the world, available to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Yet, what it really comes down to is knowing you have complete control over your materials and your process, that you produce reliable plastic components without unexpected downtime or quality issues, and that you can do all of this profitably.
If you have done business with Conair before, we thank you. We hope you will continue to challenge us to improve our products and services to help you be more successful. If you have never worked with Conair before, we hope you put us to the test. Measure us against your best suppliers. Compare our equipment, our knowledge and our capabilities with what other companies offer. Watch as we go the extra mile to earn your respect and win your business. Then you will discover for yourself what Confidence feels like.