HISTORICALLY IMA (Germany) and Schelling (Austria) have always been close players in the industry.

The two companies have worked under a network umbrella for many years until some six years ago when Schelling Anlagenbau of Austria purchased IMA in Germany to form the IMA Schelling Group.

Since that time, the IMA Schelling Group (or ISG, as it is commonly known) has been busy on a global basis to consolidate the separate IMA and Schelling companies into one company to show a united front to all customers and to present itself as a single group.

The company is therefore pleased to announce the merger of IMA Klessmann UK and Schelling UK Ltd into a single company with its new base being located in Wetherby in West Yorkshire. The new company name is IMA Schelling UK Ltd.

As well as the Schelling cut-to-size saws and complimentary equipment available available from the head office in Wetherby, the company is pleased to be joined by the world renowned manufacturers of throughfeed single- and double-sided IMA Combima edge-banding machines running at up to 120m/min feed speed, together with the world famous IMA BIMA range of CNC machining centres (both with and without edge-banding and finishing facilities). The company also designs and manufactures the IMAGIC range of throughfeed point-to-point drilling and dowel insertion machines.

IMA UK and Schelling UK service engineers are all factory trained, with experience in mechanical, electrical and electronic fault diagnostics.

All routine maintenance, machine repairs and servicing can be carried out without the expensive costs commonly associated with the employment of overseas engineers.

In the interim, both companies will be run side by side to ensure continuity of business for its customers and will immediately start trading as IMA Schelling UK Ltd.

Customers and suppliers are assured that it is “business as usual” and there will be no change to either the support received, or the customer service experience from both IMA Klessmann UK and Schelling UK.

All the contact numbers etc, will remain the same through this transition period and any changes will be announced in due course.

However, readers should note the new email address

Managing director of IMA Schelling UK Ltd will be Markus Freuis, who has been part of the Schelling business in the UK since 1999.

Andy Howell and Ashley Cooper (formally of IMA UK Ltd) remain on hand with their experience and expertise to support the newly merged businesses

Here’s to a very exciting and prosperous future.

For further information tel IMA Schelling UK on 01937 586340.