Arburg opens new hq and celebrates 25 years in the US

Germany-headquartered machine maker 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 and also officially inaugurated the new premises for the US headquarters in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

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 subsidiary founded in the US in 1990, we are also represented in North America with the Arburg Technology Centres 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

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.

The new Arburg building covers a total floorspace of 2,500 sq m 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".

The US subsidiary is the 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 Centres 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 US.

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.

(IMA)

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