Brushcom goes back to its core business: brushes

The Dutch brush manufacturer Brushcom wants to concentrate on its core business from now on. Its range of chain conveyors and chain parts has been handed over to K&W Transmissies, also from Holland.

Brushcom and K&W Transmissies already cooperate in the supply of sprockets and idler wheels. Brushcom’s range has traditionally consisted of brush material, but over the years this has expanded to include chain track components and chains suitable for washing lines from Holtz, Christ and WashTec. The market simply asked for it.

Market leader

But in line with Brushcom’s ambition to become the international market leader in brush materials they decided to focus on their core business. They looked for a partner in the area of chain conveyors and chain components and found one right under their nose.

Dutch company K&W Transmissies already was Brushcom’s trusted supplier of sprockets and idler wheels and now steps up. Account Manager Rutger Berendsen of Brushcom will assist K&W Transmissies in the acquisition of the chain conveyor activities.

K&W Transmissies, situated in Lelystad, is active in almost all sectors where chains and sprockets are used in machinery. The car wash industry is one of them. All sprockets are produced in-house, while the chains come from an external supplier. In addition to car wash chains, K&W Transmissies also supplies modular belts, which are often used for indoor work. The company claims it is the market leader in the development, production and supply of wrapped drives.

Huge market potential

“While Brushcom mainly offered the chain conveyors and parts as a service, we want to actively approach the market,” explains Patrick Ketelaar, managing director of K&W Transmissies. We are now talking about a few dozen parts per year, but the market potential is much larger.

According to Ketelaar, the average life of the chain and sprockets in a carwash is five to six years. “Sprockets and idlers are best replaced right along with the chain. That benefits the life of the whole thing.”

For now, the acquisition of the chain conveyor operations will have no impact on K&W Transmissies’ workforce. “We’ve already expanded regardless, but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that we’ll need more people in the future.”

Author: Rene Passet

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