Stork and Sepro sign robot agreement

After having announced its partnership with French machine maker Billon http://www.injectionmouldingasia.com/july2015/news2.html French robot maker Sepro Group is now teaming up with Dutch company Stork IMM. In this deal, Sepro will make top-entry Cartesian robots that Stork will sell under its own name worldwide.

The two companies have had a friendly relationship in recent years. Stork operated a Sepro S5-25 robot on one of its machines at NPE 2015, which took place in March in Orlando, Florida, and at Plastpol, which was held in Kielce, Poland, in May.

“We are very happy to complete this agreement with Stork, a company that is well-known for the reliability of their product in the demanding sector of packaging” says Jean-Michel Renaudeau, CEO of Sepro. “Collaboration with injection-moulding-machine manufacturers is a key component in our growth strategy and an important element in the ‘free choice’ we offer to our customers.” In 2014, sales through IMM manufacturers accounted for 12% Sepro’s global turnover, Renaudeau noted.

Robert G. Spekreijse, CEO of Stork IMM states: “The Stork organisation is growing onto new markets and products. The expansion of our product portfolio with the Sepro solutions allows us to offer to our customers the systems they ask for. Especially regarding our crate-line for example; usually we are asked to supply a global package instead of a machine only.”

Stork IMM has its roots in Stork & Co. Engineering Works, which was established in Hengelo, the Netherlands, in 1868. From the beginning, Stork was ­known for construction of steam engines, diesel engines, pumps and other heavy-­duty equipment. Stork IMM started making injection-moulding machines in 1968 as Stork Plastics Processing Machinery B.V.


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