The DEFIN company logo for the German-Finnish joint venture 1979
Putting a name to it
The name of the new subsidiary is both creative and logical. DEFIN is the name of the new GmbH (limited liability company). This first syllable is derived from the company name “Deiters”, the second syllable from the home country of Raiso, Finland. Also the Latin word “finalis” for permanent, plays a semantic role. Because, after all, the company wants to produce high performance adhesives for the paper industry – and they have to keep the product together permanently.
Construction site future
The partnership gets off to a promising start. Raiso contributes the technical process for liquid modification to the new business relationship. By means of this, the oxidised and primary cationic wheat starch products are produced for the paper industry. Crespel & Deiters provides the premises and the production hall in Ibbenbüren and is responsible for providing the required wheat starch quantities. Both companies contribute equally as regards the technical equipment. And, once again, foundations are laid in Ibbenbüren for the company’s future development.
DEFIN machine for the production of oxidised, primary cationic wheat starch products for the paper industry at Crespel & Deiters
Firmly focussed on the goal
The development and production of the new products starts with plenty of enthusiasm. However, as good as the idea might be, the realisation turns out to be somewhat more challenging. The Raiso procedure fails to provide the desired quality with the produced cationic wheat starch. Sales, which have only just started, grind to a sudden halt, driving DEFIN GmbH to the verge of insolvency. Yet Crespel & Deiters has faith in the new product. The specialist for wheat starch starts developing additional application areas for native wheat starch products by itself. At this time, the German-Finnish partners have long since drifted far apart due to different objectives and solution approaches. After seven years of cooperation, the joint venture ends in 1986, and Crespel & Deiters takes over all of Raiso’s shares.
From DEFIN to C&D Corrugating & Paper
Crespel & Deiters now enters the market with its own product developments. Successfully: Sales grow dynamically, as the paper industry accepts the company’s new wheat starch products well. By 1988 DEFIN is an established name. To serve the markets in an even more targeted manner, Crespel & Deiters takes the decision to split its products into two sectors. Wheat starch and vital gluten are still manufactured in the food sector. In the non-food sector, the company is now producing high performance adhesives for the paper industry. This way, Crespel & Deiters is paving the strategic way for the present-day leading non-food sector C&D with Corrugating & Paper, Technical Applications and Petfood & Feed.
Today C&D Corrugating & Paper develops and produces starch based high-performance adhesives for the corrugated board industry, which use the corrugated board machine’s performance capability to full capacity at optimised energy and adhesive usage and enable a constant production output, thanks to the consistently high performance of the adhesives.
Today C&D Corrugating & Paper is one of the leading manufacturers of customised adhesive concepts for the corrugated board industry. Yet Crespel & Deiters has not forgotten how everything started in the non-food sector. Here, the name DEFIN is the inspiration for the present product name DEFINOL (dry raw materials) and DEFINA (liquid raw materials) of C&D Corrugating & Paper.