Licharz – Your voice in Brussels

food and plastics

Component parts that come into contact with food and drink in production processes need to be clean, safe and resistant. Engineering plastics in food-grade quality of the kind offered by Licharz meet the EU standards for food conformity in line with framework regulation 1935/2004 and regulation EU/10/2011. So why do we still see the need for action?

EU/10/2011 – An incomplete regulation

EU/10/2011 is an individual measure regulating the conditions that materials and objects must fulfill if they come into contact with food and drink. The regulation defines migration limits in order to prevent a hazard to health. However, EU/10/2011 only defines very general methods of conducting migration measurements. It does not refer to EN 1186 from 2002, for example, which regulates the performance of migration tests. Originally adapted for plastics for the purposes of packaging regulations, a range of corresponding standard tests and scenarios became established. Total migration, for example, is often measured after a material comes into contact with a foodstuff simulant at 40 °C over 10 days. This does not even come close to the conditions that engineering plastics are subjected to during food and drink production. Under the given conditions, the permitted limit can be exceeded and must then be scaled down to the actual application using a series of formulas. We would like to change this and achieve a practical solution that both conforms to the existing regulation EU/10/2011 and reflects actual conditions.

Migration testing for the real world

"We need to define standardized methods for determining plastics migration in machines used to produce food and drink", says Stefan Klein, compliance officer at Licharz GmbH. Klein represents Licharz and the plastics industry association EPSM (Engineering Polymer Shapes for Machining) on a working group of the FREP (Food Contact Regulatory Experts Panel) within the EuPC. It is due to begin work in December. The aim is to define a guideline for migration tests for engineering plastics in the food and drink industry. Licharz has been dealing with the plastic materials regulation since 2004. Stefan Klein is looking forward to adding his suggestions to the working group’s discussion. "We will do our bit to come to a reasonable solution that ensures verifiable safety for customers in the food and drink industry", says Klein. The recommendation from Licharz is clear: Get it right.

Calculate cut to size pieces online and get a 2% discount

Calculate cut to size pieces

On request we cut semi-finished products such as rod, sheet and tube to custom lengths. Whether sawn or planed, long or short: We will produce the blank that you want. You always get the right solution for your requirement. You save the cost of cutting and the associated inventory. With no scrap and offcuts to deal with you also produce less waste. Our service: Using our cut to size calculation tool eCut you can easily get the price in black and white at any time. Set up your own individual account in our online shop and off you go.

Also offcuts of tubes, rods and sheets are available in our online shop. You can order the rod, sheet and tube pieces that you need conveniently over the internet. Practical: Dimensions, dimensional tolerance, price and quantity are given for each piece. You will find the right product in the blink of an eye.

The highlight: The offcuts available in our online shop can arrive at your doorstep in a very short time – ready for your machining. To put it simple: We store, you order. Benefit from short delivery times and enhanced cost effectiveness. You focus on your strengths and better meet your delivery commitments.

Going online pays: Ordering your cut to size pieces on the internet reduces your costs. Benefit from a price advantage of 2% of the net value compared to offline purchasing. Our online store – short delivery times, the right products and a price advantage on blanks. Many good reasons for a successful visit! Take a look: Online-Shop.

interlift 2017

logo interlift 2017

At Interlift in Augsburg, Germany, the trade fair for elevator technology, Licharz showed what it has to offer to the elevator industry. The trade fair was very successful for us, and we say thank you to all visitors for your interest in our solutions.
We showed our new material LiNNOTAMHiPERFORMANCE E + which we specifically developed for the application "sheave + plastic coated rope". During our personal conversations with you we were able to explore many challenging tasks which we gladly work with you on.

Our focus is on sheaves made of LiNNOTAMHiPERFORMANCE E +. And the result is:

  • Improved static friction coefficient
  • Ease of threading the wire rope
  • Ease of assembly
  • Prevention of noise development

You will find further information in our brochure "Elevator Technology" and our team is ready to help and support you in all technical and design questions.

  • Hilmar Ullmann +49 2683 - 977 144 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Andreas Weidenfeld +49 2683 - 977 157 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Get in touch with us – we’re looking forward to working with you!

New faces in the Licharz sales team – Sales Manager Wolfgang Nägele and field sales consultant Thomas Markel

Sales Manager Wolfgang Nägele and field sales consultant Thomas Markel

Licharz is aiming to better exploit its market potential and further internationalize its business. The foundations for this move were laid in April 2017 with the appointment of Wolfgang Nägele as new Sales Manager. His predecessor in the role, Andreas Weidenfeld, is now focusing his efforts on business development. Together, the two are intensifying key account management at an international level. There is another new addition, Thomas Markel, who took over responsibility for our southern sales office in July 2017.

Wolfgang Nägele – A businessman with a feel for technology

55-year-old Wolfgang Nägele has everything that a Sales Manager needs at Licharz. After studying business management, he spent his entire career in technical customer service and has over 30 years of experience in sales. "I have a good affinity with technology. I've sold all kinds of materials: steel, brass, tungsten, molybdenum and plastics, which customers use to produce component parts based on my input," says Nägele. By listening closely and responding to customer needs, Nägele has been able to become acquainted with every area. His work in the last six years, for example, gave him experience in cast polyamide. This is the perfect skill set for a successful start at Licharz. "Selling LiNNOTAM, whether as a finished or semi-finished product, is perfect for me," says Nägele with a smile.

Sales Manager = organizer + communicator

As Sales Manager at Licharz, Nägele sees himself first and foremost as an organizer and communicator for the 25 members of his team: "It's my job to make sure that our customers get excellent service. We can only achieve this if the people in my team can work to the best of their ability. Once that is in place, everyone is happy and successful, especially the customers of course." Together with Andreas Weidenfeld, Nägele stays in direct contact with major customers at an international level. Nägele lives with his family in the Allgäu region of southern Germany. Fittingly, he will also take personal responsibility for part of our customer base in Austria and Switzerland.

Thomas Market – A mechanical engineer with experience of plastics

Thomas Markel took responsibility for the southern sales office in Würzburg, which covers the Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg regions. The 27-year-old mechanical engineer is the successor to Peter Engelschall, with whom Licharz enjoyed successful cooperation for many years. Markel brings plenty of technical experience in plastics to his new role in our sales team. After having spent three and a half months undergoing technical training at our company headquarters in Buchholz, he knows just what Licharz products are capable of. Having been eased into his new job by his predecessor, Markel is now looking forward to the challenge: "I see myself as more of a consultant than a salesperson, and I really enjoy the personal contact with our customers. My aim is to take technical consulting up another level. Together with the sales team in Buchholz, I think we can do this."

Part of the team

After a few months at Licharz, both of the new additions were impressed by the company's team spirit. Alongside the friendly atmosphere and the wide variety of tasks, they also praised the team's openness to new ideas and developments. Wolfgang Nägele and Thomas Markel have quickly found their place at Licharz. We look forward to great cooperation between our two new colleagues and you, our customers.

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