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All you need to know about Formfleece

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This book is a must-have for anyone involved in furniture design: The new Becker Formfleece Compendium. 

 "We at Becker are enthusiastic about the extraordinary properties of the material and fascinated by the design and application possibilities that Formfleece has to offer. With this compendium we would like to inspire developers, designers, design students and manufacturers all over the world and inform them about the extraordinary possibilities of the material. True to our motto 'Sharing knowledge', we want to create a win-win situation for everyone involved, just like with our moulded wood compendium," explains Gerrit Becker. The managing partner took over the management of the company from his father Dr. Ralf Becker at the beginning of 2018.

 Formfleece consists of polyester fibre fleece and is characterised by optimum formability, very good stability and impact strength. In addition, there is a pleasant felt feel and the ability to absorb sound, which makes it ideal for use in open-plan offices, restaurants, concert halls and many other areas.

The compendium explains on 88 pages in detail how Formfleece is made, which advantages the material has and how they can be used to improve room acoustics. It describes the steps from the design idea through prototype development to series production in the factory and provides interesting insights into the production. In the chapter "World of Formfleece", numerous examples of new products made of Formfleece are shown, for example seating furniture, lamps, acoustic elements, drawer inserts and partition walls for the office.

Interviews with renowned international designers who report on their experiences with Formfleece complete the book. These include Werner Aisslinger from Studio Aisslinger in Berlin, Armand Louis, Patrick Reymond and Aurel Aebi from atelier oi in La Neuveville in Switzerland, Claudia Kleine and Jörg Kürschner from formstelle in Munich, Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub from jehs + laub in Stuttgart and Tomek Rygalik from Warsaw.

 "It took us almost a year to design and produce the Formfleece Compendium," says development manager Joachim Schelper. "Now we hope that it will be met with just as much interest as our moulded wood compendium, which is now on the shelves of almost every furniture designer".

Please order here.

Photography: Frank Springer

Our motto for 2019/2020: "Becker Digital 2020".

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Industry 4.0 or digitisation are initially just catchwords that we as an industrial company with a high vertical range of manufacture have to deal with in particular. 

We can only secure the company in the long term by constantly optimising operational procedures and external processes in close cooperation with our suppliers and customers. 

We accept the challenges of the market and will therefore implement new digital solutions with innovative, cloud-based ERP software over the next two years. It will make us more transparent, faster and more efficient for the future.  

The "Digitalization at Becker" project has great implications and will affect all departments and all employees. As a team, we are well equipped.

Many ideas for the 9th Becker Design Forum received

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We received over 150 suggestions from 126 designers from all over the world for our 9th Design Forum. We are very happy about it. We will realize some models as prototypes and present them on our booth. The exhibition INTERZUM will take place from 21 to 24 May in Cologne. We will exhibit in hall 5.2 aisle F 010.

Be curious about the great ideas.

More capacity - more possibilities

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World's largest 3-sided press for shaped wood put into operation

The press table alone has an enormous depth of 1400 mm, allowing the pressing of extremely large shaped wood components. The impressive clamping force of 600 t, which is equivalent to the weight of approx. 55 buses, guarantees optimum compaction of the material. All press parameters such as temperature, pressure and movement profiles of the press cylinders are stored article-related and are recalled for the next job. This enables us to achieve a high level of process reliability. We are looking forward to new design challenges, which we can solve with this press technology. The first orders have already successfully gone into the serial production on the press.

The new press is running. Image: Becker Brakel

Formfleece moves into cabinets!

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The newly designed ZOW 2018 was a great success for us. All visitors were interested trade professionals and our products got a lot of attention. Among other things, we showed trays made of shaped wood, which were very well received by representatives of international self-service restaurants. Our new Formfleece inserts for drawers for stowing cutlery, kitchen utensils or jewellery in the bedroom attracted a great deal of attention from international cabinet manufacturers, too.

There was also a great demand for acoustic solutions in the office that shield individual workplaces from noise or ceiling elements which improve the overall acoustics in the room, making it quieter overall. Both can be perfectly implemented with Formfleece.

The suppliers’ fair for furniture industry and interior design ZOW in Bad Salzuflen took place for the first time this year under the direction of the Koelnmesse. A total of 171 exhibitors from 16 countries presented themselves on 11,000 sqm of exhibition space. We really liked the new concept with the workshop character, because this puts the focus on the products. In addition, the fair does not cost any entry for visitors. We will be back in two years!

Gerrit Becker Image: Westfalenblatt
Formfleece for kitchen Image: Becker Brakel
Orga-system Design: Jan-Dirk Sinning Image: Becker Brakel
Formfleece prototype for jewellery Image: Becker Brakel

Our Motto 2018: "Our Goal - Optimum Solutions for the Customer!"

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Of course, the focus of our work is the production of an application-oriented molded wood or formfleece product. On the other hand, we recognize that customers are increasingly looking for complete solutions that go beyond pure product performance to best meet their needs. In order to be able to respond even more to these customer preferences, we would like to sensibilize all employees at Becker with our motto for 2018: “Our Goal – Optimum Solutions for the Customer!” and align our entire organization accordingly. 

Motto 2018 Becker Brakel

We invite you to ZOW, 6.-8. February 2018 in Bad Salzuflen, Germany

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» Becker formfleece offers fascinating applications for innovative furniture design. Both customers and designers appreciate the deformation possibilities, the particular dimensional stability and the high degree of sound absorption. Design unlimited! «

Gerrit Becker

» Before working with it for the first time, we took a good look at formfleece and were keen to explore the possibilities of the material. We were surprised by the creative variety it has to offer. «

osko+deichmann,product design, Berlin

You will find us at Messezentrum, Benzstrasse 23, 32108 Bad Salzuflen, Germany in hall 20, booth 031.

Looking forward to see you there!

Image: Becker Brakel

Dr. Ralf Becker to resign in January

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Gerrit Becker and Mario Heiming ensure business succession with continuity

At the turn of the year, we will complete our long-term planned change of generations. On 31 December 2017, Dr. Ralf Becker (65) resigns from his job after 35 years as managing director of the company, which he led in the third generation. In the future he will dedicate himself only to special tasks in the company development. As the main shareholder, he still remains closely associated with the company though.

Together with Günter Schwarz, who retired in 2001, Dr. Ralf Becker led the business to its present significance. The shareholders have always put great emphasis on the fact that the company should be continued and developed like a family business.

With Gerrit Becker and Mario Heiming, the company has already gained two promising young executives since mid-2014. Dr. Ralf Becker’s son Gerrit Becker (31) returned to his home country after completing his master's degree in business administration and spending several years with a well-known car manufacturer. He is responsible for marketing and sales. Mario Heiming (35) is Dipl.-Ing. (FH), Master of Engineering and MBA in business management. He contributes his experience as a technical director at a manufacturer for office and home furniture to his areas:  production and human resources. He has been with the company for three years. The two new managing directors complement each other perfectly, both professionally and personally.

The managing team has great plans. They want to ensure a continuous growth in the coming years. This is to be realised through the development and sales competence in the respective sales regions, through the development of new products as well as through the expansion of the contact with international designers and the international supplier network. In doing so, the management aims to further expand our location in Brakel and create additional jobs for it.

Knows the company in good hands: Dr. Ralf Becker (center) hands over the management of the company to his son Gerrit Becker (left), responsible for marketing and sales, and Mario Heiming, head of production and human resources. photo: Frank Springer

8th Design-Forum: Prototypes inspire INTERZUM visitors

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The visitors at the INTERZUM exhibition were surprised: 130 international designers submitted 200 design ideas for the 8th Design-Forum upon our invitation. We were able to present 11 prototypes on a 1:1 scale on our stand in Cologne. The other design ideas were documented in our latest Becker Brief no. 16. The Becker Brief can be provided on request. Please contact us. 

The world’s largest supplier exhibition also offers us great opportunities to exhibit and elaborate technical solutions in detail from molded wood and molded felts. This gives customers and designers important impulses for their model development. 

Image: Agentur Steuer
Image: Agentur Steuer
Image: Agentur Steuer