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What's going on with Conid ?


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Dear Conid fans
Let me give you some more Insight on what is going on at Conid.
Conid was a small spin-off of Komec,  a machine design and building company for the pharmaceutical industry.
Lonza - a Swiss multinational- acquired Capsugel, the world leader in medical capsule manufacturing two years ago 
Komec being the main supplier mechanical parts and machines of Capsugel , Lonza eagerly wanted also to buy Komec…. 
And since 18 months Komec has effectively been sold to Lonza..
Werner Helsen  - the previous owner of Komec and still the director  -obtained however  the rights to continue making Conid pens in the Komec workshop.
However with one limitation : Conid parts should only be made when the production for Lonza allows it, so in time slots when the machines are available.
Given the hectic transition period, coupled to the Corona  pandemic and the overwhelming requests for pharmaceutical machinery, the Komec workload has been enormous.
This is the main reason why the re-start of Conid was delayed several times….
Note however Conid already made a large stock of the the main parts in the mean time , so once they restart delivery will occur within reasonable time.
Only the standard Bulkfillers - regular Flat top , Minimalistica and Kingsize pens will become available in small series, no custom features will be offered (except for nib grinding) 
Werner worked hard towards the Conid re-start and has nearly finished to re-struct the Conid manufacturing and assembly process as well as creating a proper customer service.
Within a few months Conid will send out a news letter with all further details.
So please stay tuned,
Best regards,
Francis
 

 

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Thank you so much Francis for the full story.

"Simplicate and add Lightness."

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Thanks so much for the update! 
 

One question about this: 

 

4 hours ago, fountainbel said:

Only the standard Bulkfillers - regular Flat top , Minimalistica and Kingsize pens will become available in small series, no custom features will be offered (except for nib grinding) 


Does that mean Conid will not be able to mix and match standard parts? For example, will they be able to do a half demonstrator with titanium finials and filler knobs? 

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Thank you for the update!  I have the Minimalistica on my list, so this is good news...

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I've heard that Lonza very much maximizes their production output. Is it likely that there will be spare machine time for parts to be made? Will that remain the case, and will Conid still be sustainable one or two years from now?

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Surely this has always been the case to some degree, right? I had assumed that the Conid project was used to ensure that Komec's eye-wateringly expensive machinery was never sitting idle and effectively wasting money. In any machine shop, no matter the sophistication, it's always a very high priority to keep the machines fed with work at all times.

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On 6/21/2022 at 3:45 PM, Harold said:

Surely this has always been the case to some degree, right? I had assumed that the Conid project was used to ensure that Komec's eye-wateringly expensive machinery was never sitting idle and effectively wasting money. In any machine shop, no matter the sophistication, it's always a very high priority to keep the machines fed with work at all times.

Thanks for your "to the point" reaction Harold , this is effectively the fact!

Francis

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