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Engel sets up subsidiary in Japan

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Austrian injection moulding machine maker Engel has founded a new sales and service subsidiary in Tokyo, to strengthen its market presence in Japan. It says the new subsidiary can build on a long established market position. Engel previously worked together with trading company Correns Corporation in Japan. 

The Managing Director of Engel Japan KK is Yuji Takeda, who brings experience with Engel injection moulding machines and technologies to his new position. His job began on 1 October 2019. In addition to a service technician, he has an assistant on board. In the second quarter of this year, a service technician from the firm in Austria will move to Japan to accompany the development of the subsidiary during the first few years. 

"The Japanese market continues to gain importance for us," says Gero Willmeroth, Regional President East Asia and Oceania at Engel. "Innovative processing technologies and the digitalisation of injection moulding processes are key issues for plastics processors. The own subsidiary allows us to better support our customers in these particularly consulting-intensive topics and to respond more quickly and flexibly to local requirements." 

"The trust our customers place in us is high, and this step will further strengthen that trust. The investment in Tokyo underlines our commitment to the Japanese market," says Willmeroth. 

 Customers in Japan include both small local businesses and large corporations. In particular, international companies with headquarters in Japan will benefit from the new structure. With more than 30 subsidiaries, Engel has a worldwide presence and can support its customers in international projects with its own employees who have direct access to the entire company know-how. 

Engel says it is the only western injection moulding machine manufacturer to produce the entire range of machines in three plants in Asia and operates an own automation centre on site. For customers in Asia, this ensures short delivery times and flexible adaptation of the products to the specific requirements of the region. It has plants in South Korea and two in China.

Since it was founded in 1945, Engel has been 100% family-owned and independent of external investors. The group generated sales of EUR1.6 billion in the 2018/19 financial year and employs approximately 6,900 staff worldwide. 


(IMA)


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