News from Novemer/December 2018

Paul Miller, President of The Mill-Rose Company, Dies at age 72


It is with a sense of profound loss and tragedy that the passing of Paul Miller, President of The Mill-Rose Company, is announced.  Paul died at his home in Highland Heights, Ohio on Tuesday morning, December 4th. He was 72 years old.

     A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Paul was a graduate of St. Ignatius High School and Ohio University. He married Michelle Ross and began work at The Mill-Rose Company serving in virtually every facet of the brush manufacturing business.
     Paul was a leading supporter of industry associations including the American Brush Manufacturers Association. He took great pride in hosting the annual Victor Miller Golf Tournament and Brush Manufacturer’s luncheon where industry representatives gathered to network and mix business with pleasure. 
     Paul’s zest for life and love of people was second-to-none. “My dad lived a 1,000 years in the 72 calendar years of his life,” said his son, Greg Miller. “He loved and enjoyed life more than anyone I’ve ever known, and his love for family and friends was monumental,” he added.
    The sad death comes upon the threshold of The Mill-Rose Company’s 100th anniversary. Paul Miller’s grandfather, Victor Miller, founded the company in 1919.
     Paul is survived by Laura Dykes, his girlfriend of 20 years; four children, Celeste Miller, Greg Miller, Paul Miller, Jr., and Julie Miller; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Michelle.


HATHO Celebrates 50 years


Over the past 50 years the name HATHO has been associated to first-class products with exceptional service within the Brush Industry.

With 20 years of experience in the brush industry and an entrepreneurial mindset, Mr. HAns THOma had a vision to create his own company. This vision became a reality on the 6th of December 1968 as the company HATHO was founded by Mr. Hans Thoma in Schallstadt, a small town on the outskirts of Freiburg, southern Germany.

From the beginning, the quality of rotary polishing instruments has been a top priority for HATHO.

These values were also maintained after Dr. Ralf Steiner, nephew of Mr. Thoma, joined HATHO as a partner in 1991 before taking over as the general manager in September 2002.

Thanks to great personal dedication and permanent product innovations, HATHO has been able to increase sales year after year. The steady growth of the company has in the past necessitated relocations to a larger production facility. In 2003, a new production facility in the Gewerbepark Breisgau industrial park in Eschbach was built. With a production and storage area of approximately 1000 sqm and with sufficient space in the immediate vicinity for expansion, the opportunity for further growth in the future is possible.

Trade partners and end users such as dentists, dental technicians, gold and silversmiths, industrial users, modelers and DIY enthusiasts in more than fifty countries worldwide appreciate the variety of products, the high quality of workmanship and the innovative solutions HATHO provides.

HATHO attaches particular importance to the working relationship with the customers and end users which allows to respond to the special requests. Innovation is driven by the feedback HATHO receives from users.

Meanwhile, the company consists of about 50 employees. The international company will continue to develop innovative products and first priority is to meet needs and wishes of the worldwide users.

HATHO has proven to be a forward-looking company that has accepted and exceled at every challenge to date.

The success of the past 50 years allows HATHO to look forward to the future with a positive and ambitious attitude.

Seit 50 Jahren verbindet man mit dem Namen HATHO erstklassige Produkt- und Service-Qualität in der Welt der Bürstenindustrie. 
Die Firma wurde von Herrn HAns THOma am 06.12.1968 in Schallstadt bei Freiburg gegründet. 

Durch seine 20 jährige Erfahrung in der Bürstenbranche, hatte er genug Ideen, um diese in seiner eigenen Firma zu verwirklichen. Von Anfang an hatte die Qualität der rotierenden Polierwerkzeuge für HATHO oberste Priorität.
An diesen Ansprüchen wurde auch festgehalten, nachdem Dr. Ralf Steiner, Neffe von Herrn Thoma, in das Unternehmen HATHO eingetreten war, um schließlich im September 2002 als Gesellschafter die alleinige Geschäftsführung zu übernehmen.

Durch großen persönlichen Einsatz und permanente Produktinnovationen ist es gelungen Jahr für Jahr die Umsätze zu steigern. Das stetige Firmenwachstum machte in der Vergangenheit Umzüge in größere Produktionsräume erforderlich. Im Jahre 2003 konnte der Neubau einer eigenen Produktionsstätte im Gewerbepark Breisgau in Eschbach verwirklicht werden. Mit einer Produktions- und Lagerfläche von ca. 1000 qm und ausreichenden Flächen in unmittelbarer Nähe, sind auch die Weichen für Expansionsmöglichkeiten in der Zukunft gestellt.

Die Handelspartner von HATHO und die Anwender der HATHO Produkte, wie Zahntechniker, Gold- und Silberschmiede, industrielle Anwender, Modellbauer und Heimwerker in weltweit über fünfzig Ländern, schätzen die Produktvielfalt, die hohe Verarbeitungsqualität und die innovativen Lösungen. HATHO legt besonderen Wert auf die Nähe zum Anwender und kann so auf die speziellen Wünsche eingehen und Anregungen für neue Ideen bekommen.
Mittlerweile besteht die Firma aus rund 50 Mitarbeiter. Das international aufgestellte Unternehmen wird weiterhin innovative Produkte entwickeln und sich an den Wünschen und Bedürfnisse der Kunden und Anwender orientieren.    
HATHO hat sich als zukunftsorientiertes Unternehmen erwiesen, das Herausforderungen angenommen und bestanden hat.
Die vergangenen, erfolgreichen 50 Jahre lassen die Firma optimistisch in die Zukunft schauen!


PERLON® - The Filament Company celebrates the opening of its new factory in China

The opening of Perlon’s new site in Haining City, Zhejang Province was celebrated in a festive style on 29th November 2018. Around 140 invited guests experienced the splendid opening ceremony for the newly constructed site in the urban development zone, with a traditional, cultural programme, subsequent exhibition and gala dinner in the nearby LANGHAM PLACE hotel. The significance of this new site for the Perlon Group was emphasised and the support of the Haining region was applauded, in the official speeches by Serafin co-founder Philipp Haindl, Perlon CEO, Florian Kisling, CEO of Perlon in China, Xiaotao Xia, as well as, the director of Haining City People’s Congress, Mr YAO Minzhong. After the obligatory cutting of the ribbon for the official opening, the first spool of PMC Filament was presented to Mr Haindl to symbolically mark the start of a new filament production line.

The vision to have a presence in China and to create sufficient production capacity to fulfil the customers need for quality filaments made by Perlon® has been smoothly delivered by Perlon Group, the Serafin group company. After less than 2 years in the planning and building phase, the new build project and line relocation from the previous plant in Haining will be concluded by the end of the year. With sufficient space for further production lines, the Groups requirement for a long-term commitment in China has been created. Alongside filaments for paper machine clothing (PMC), the plan is to manufacture products there for applications in the other Perlon® main markets in the next few years.

Company Information

Perlon® - The Filament Company – is the world’s leading manufacturer of synthetic filaments and generates annual sales of over 135 million Euro, employs more than 850 people and operates from locations in Germany, USA and China

Perlon® is a part of Serafin Group, whose philosophy is based on more than 150 years of entrepreneurial tradition of its shareholding family. Serafin invests into companies with the aim to foster their long term development in accordance with all stakeholders. This development is accompanied by the expertise of advisory board members Prof. Dr. Bernd Gottschalk, Wolfgang Ley and Prof. Dr. Heinrich von Pierer.


Most of the factories worldwide are always more digital and interconnected: the 4th industrial revolution arrived also in the brooms and brushes industry.
Just to have a clear overview, industry 4.0 comes from the fourth industrial revolution, the process that will lead to the fully automated and interconnected industrial production. The new digital technologies applied on FASS machines will have a deep impact in four development fields.
FASS has completely embraced the concept of 4.0 industry, developing forms of integration between ERP, machine software and intuitiveness for the operator.

Use of data
The first development filed is the use of data, computing power and connectivity, and declines in big data, “the Internet of Things”, machine-to-machine and cloud computing for the centralization of informations and its conservation. This concept has been applied to all the new machinery bought from FASS, and most of all on the injection machines, where the amount of data available is higher relative to drilling and filling machines. An example of “use of data” is the one developed and customized with the new BMB machine arrived in FASS, and it represents a pilot project that is going to be extended to all the new equipments that the company will buy.

Once the data is collected, we need to derive its value. Today only 1% of the data collected is used by companies (at least in Italy), which could instead obtain advantages from “machine learning”, from machines that improve their performance by “learning” from the data gradually collected and analized. Just a simple example: if we automatically record how many times the machine stopped and why it is happened, we are able to focus on problem solving, increasing the efficiency and of course the performance. The message is clear: “strength in data”.


Interaction between man and machine
The 3rd direction of development is the interaction between man and machine, which involves the increasingly widespread “touch” interfaces and augmented reality. A nice example of this kind of interaction is the one developed with the “Radial 5” mop head machine purchased from Giori – Globalline Group: thanks to this system, FASS avoided several paper sheets and all the production is managed accordingly to the new updated software. FASS saved time, reduced human errors and made and everything is smarter and simple for its employees.

Transition from digital to real
The 4th and final development field is the whole sector that deals with the transition from digital to “real” and that includes additive manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, communications, machine-to- machine interactions and optimizing performance. 

Fantastic examples are the 3D software realized from Borghi Boucherie and Zahoransky: these instruments allow us to pass from simple 2D designs to very helpful simulations of the “reality”, talking about fibers, weight and dimensions.
These transitions are a very important element in FASS, because it allows the company to simulate the customized requests of all the customers, reducing the timing to close a project.


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