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Billion/Sepro team up for machine/robot solutions

Billion/Sepro team

Two French companies, injection moulding machine maker Billion and robot supplier Sepro, have formalised their business partnership in order to increase their presence in new markets by offering a complete equipment package. Billion will supply its machines and robots manufactured by Sepro.

The two have formally agreed to work together to expand into new global markets. The partnership has grown out of a desire by Korbinian Kiesl and Jean-Michel Renaudeau (CEOs of Billion and Sepro, respectively) to strengthen cooperation already active in regions such as France, the UK, Germany and North Africa, and at plastics trade shows around the world.

Together, the two companies are introducing a complete plastics equipment package, including presses manufactured by Billion and robots made by Sepro, which will be sold under the Billion brand name.

Sepro’s proprietary Visual robot-control system will be integrated in Billion’s Dixit 3 injection moulding machine control, providing simple, intuitive programming of all machine functions. All robot operations, both inside and outside of the mould space, may be set up and controlled from the Dixit user interface on the moulding machine.

“This partnership will allow us to respond to a group of processors who want to optimise their purchasing process,” explained Kiesl of Billion. “More and more, these moulders are interested in bundling so they can focus their negotiations on a reduced number of suppliers. It also allows us to provide a complete turnkey solution, not only where we are already active, but also in emerging markets and where there is growing interest in automation. This is particularly the case on the African continent.”

Sepro’s Jean-Michel Renaudeau says the new cooperation is part of an overall strategy to provide customers with more choice. “We want to be in a position to equip any injection moulding machine, new or existing, and no matter if the moulder wants to buy the robot separately or as part of a complete equipment solution.

For more than 65 years, Billion has been designing plastics moulding presses with clamping capacities from 40 to 2,650 tonnes. A pioneer in the field of multi-material injection since 1961, the company provides solutions for processors in many sectors including, automotive, packaging, medical, cosmetics, electronics, household appliances, leisure, sports, etc. Introduced in 2007, the Select range of electric machines help meet the energy-savings objective of customers. Certified ISO 9001/2008, Billion is the #1 supplier of moulding machines in France and a major player in Europe and in Africa. The company exports through subsidiaries in Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Slovakia, Poland and Tunisia, as well as a wide network of international agents and representatives.

Sepro Robotique was one of the first companies in the world to develop Cartesian beam robots for injection moulding machines, introducing its first CNC controlled “manipulator” in 1981. Today, Sepro is one of the largest independent sellers of Cartesian robots. Customers around the world are supported by wholly-owned companies in Germany, Spain, Benelux, the UK, the US, Mexico, Brazil and China. Numerous direct sales and service offices as well as independent business partners, distributors and service hubs extend Sepro’s global network to over 40 other countries. To date, Sepro has equipped more than 25,000 injection moulding machines worldwide. The company’s global turnover for 2014 was EUR79.2 million.

(IMA)


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