Arburg breaks ground on Czech centre; expansion almost triple

Injection moulding machine maker Arburg has started construction work on a new extension in Brno, Czech Republic, to significantly enlarge the existing Arburg building by 565 sq m to more than 1,600 sq m. The new capacity is mainly required to meet the continuously increasing demand for customer-specific production cells.

“Since some years we have a strong demand in the areas of automation and turnkey systems with annual growth rates between 10-15%,” explains Jaroslav Novak, Managing Director of Arburg spol. s. r. o. “We noticed these trends at a very early stage and have supplemented the capacities and skills of our team accordingly. Since 2005 we are present in the automation business in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and implement turnkey projects as general contractor in cooperation with local suppliers of peripheral equipment. Three out of a total of 28 employees are exclusively responsible for automation solutions and specific production cells. These experts are being supported by additional staff.”

The successful expansion of this sector has meant that there is no longer enough space in the existing building for constructing and testing complex systems.

Thus, in 2013, it was decided to extend the building originally erected in Brno in 2004. The ATC is equipped to extremely high specifications and currently covers 1,050 sq m of usable space, 300 sq m of which is taken up by the demonstration room. This provides space for up to six Allrounder injection moulding machines, which will be available for evaluating moulds, application tests and practical training purposes. In addition, there is a spare parts store.

The new premises should be ready for occupation by the beginning of 2015 and will offer significant benefits, as Jaroslav Novak explains: “The extended capacities will give us enough space to build, test and optimise three automated production cells. Thus delivery times will be reduced in future too. In addition, our customers will have the opportunity to find out about the current state of the art in automation technology and to witness our expertise in this sector.”

The expansion of the ATC in Brno is an important milestone in the success story of the Arburg subsidiary, which is responsible for both the Czech and Slovakian markets and was formed in 1996.

(IMA)

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