25 years of Arburg in the USA
June 23, 2015
Arburg's US subsidiary had two good reasons to celebrate on 16 and 17 June 2015: Together with 245 customers and guests, the company marked the 25th anniversary of Arburg Inc. and also officially inaugurated the new premises for the US headquarters in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. A high-ranking delegation from the parent company was on hand to join in the celebrations in the person of Managing Partner Michael Hehl, as well as Managing Directors Heinz Gaub (Technology & Engineering) and Helmut Heinson (Sales).
As part of the opening ceremony, Michael Hehl, Managing Partner and Spokesperson for the Arburg Management Team, offered congratulations on behalf of the entire parent company: "North America is Arburg's largest foreign market, in which we have installed more than 12,000 machines. Our new headquarters in Rocky Hill represents a further milestone in our success story in the US. In addition to the Arburg Inc. subsidiary founded in the US in 1990, we are also represented in North America with the Arburg Technology Centers in California (1993) and the Midwest (2007)." In this context, Michael Hehl expressed his thanks to the company's customers for the trust they have placed in the family-run company and for the successful cooperation. In recognition of the American team's great commitment over the past 25 years, the Managing Partner presented a commemorative sculpture and certificate to Friedrich Kanz, Managing Director of Arburg Inc. "Our new US headquarters, our infrastructure and our highly motivated team of experts will enable us to further intensify our collaboration with our customers," said Friedrich Kanz, adding: "We are perfectly positioned to enjoy another 25 successful years in the US."
Representing the US plastics industry, William (Bill) R. Carteaux, CEO and President of the SPI industry association, gave a keynote address in which he offered detailed insights into the contribution made by the SPI and the plastics processing industry to the US economy.
New 2,500 square metre US headquarters
The new Arburg building covers a total floorspace of 2,500 square metres (27,000 square feet) and boasts state-of-the-art infrastructure. The centrepiece of the new building is the showroom, which has sufficient space for seven Allrounder injection moulding machines that can be used for testing and training purposes, for example. There is also plenty of space for setting up and dismantling complete turnkey systems, which are experiencing rapid growth in demand in the US. The building also features a comprehensive spare parts store, a machine store as well as a special area for the Freeformer. This industrial additive manufacturing system has been available in the US since its launch at the NPE trade fair in March 2015.
The anniversary event offered customers plenty of opportunities to see for themselves the extensive facilities available for them at the new location in Rocky Hill. Over the two days, a total of 245 guests learned about the latest trends during presentations and live demonstrations involving the exhibits. There was a great deal of interest in industrial additive manufacturing with the Freeformer, automated production cells, as well as the presentation by Managing Director Technology & Engineering, Heinz Gaub on "Innovative Lightweight Construction Processes".
Successful in the US for 25 years
Arburg Inc. is one of the German machine manufacturer's first subsidiaries and was established in 1990 as part of the effort to expand international sales activities.
To ensure regional support nationwide, Arburg has established two Technology Centers in Elgin, Illinois, and Irvine, California, for its customers in the Midwest and on the West Coast respectively, in addition to its location in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. A total of around 75 Arburg employees provide comprehensive support in the USA.
Arburg is represented by its own organisations at 32 locations in 24 countries and by trading partners in more than 50 countries. From a total of some 2,400 employees, around 2,000 work in Germany. About 400 further employees work in Arburg’s organisations around the world.
German machine manufacturer Arburg is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of injection moulding machines with clamping forces between 125 and 5,000 kN. This is complemented by robotic systems, customer- and sector-specific turnkey solutions and further peripherals. An innovative additive manufacturing system was added to the plastic processing range in 2013.
The company places the topic of production efficiency at the centre of all its activities, taking into account the entire value-added chain. The objective is to enable the Arburg customers to manufacture their plastic products, whether one-off parts or high-volume production, in optimal quality and at minimum unit costs – e.g. for the automotive and packaging industries, communication and entertainment electronics, medical technology, or the white goods sector.
An international sales and service network guarantees first-class, local customer support. Arburg is represented by its own organisations at 32 locations in 24 countries and by trading partners in more than 50 countries. The machines are produced exclusively at the parent factory in Lossburg, Germany. From a total of around 2,400 employees, around 2,000 work in Germany. About 400 further employees work in Arburg’s organisations around the world. In 2012, Arburg became one of the first companies to gain triple certification: to ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environment) and ISO 50001 (Energy).
Further information about Arburg can be found at www.arburg.com.