Arburg commences on construction of a facility in the US

German injection moulding machine maker Arburg recently held a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the start of construction of new building in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. The firm says this investment in the US underscores the significance of the North American market, in which Arburg is extremely successful. With a useable built up area of 2,500 sq m, the new premises will offer sufficient space to include a showroom, machine and spare parts warehouses and will cater to the growing turnkey solutions area. During the occasion, Arburg US President Friedrich Kanz emphasised, "The new building to house Arburg's US headquarters represents a further important milestone for our activities here in the US." Arburg has been present with its own organisation in the country since 1991. In addition to the current Arburg Inc. headquarters in Newington, two further locations have also been established: a technical centre in Irvine, California, opened in 1993 and was later moved into a new building in 2007, while another technical centre in Midwest in Elgin, Illinois, opened in 2007. Arburg is consequently well represented in the US and its success there demonstrates that the long-term investments have paid off. Currently, 65 employees work at the three locations, of which 25 are involved in sales and 32 in after-sales service and application technology consulting.

Arburg's future US headquarters is conveniently situated only six miles from its previous Newington location. The new building will offer all the facilities for further intensifying cooperation with the customers, which is becoming increasingly important in light of the ever more challenging technical requirements. Consequently, everything will be housed under one roof at Rocky Hill: with a fleet of up to seven Allrounders, which will be available both for customer-mould testing and training purposes. Adjacent to this there will be rooms for training and technical seminars, for example.

Furthermore, there will be an extensive warehouse area for Allrounders which will merely require customer-specific adaptation prior to their rapid delivery. With a 38 tonne gantry crane, the necessary logistics will be provided for all machine sizes and large unit numbers. Moreover, there will be a large centralised spare parts warehouse for all Allrounders on the US market in order to ensure even faster deliveries.

A further important area which is gaining significance in the US are turnkey systems, which Arburg supplies as a general contractor: from design and implementation through to commissioning and after-sales service. Sufficient space will also be available in the new building for the assembly and acceptance testing of customer-specific production cells of this type. The facility management technology will be state-of-the-art to ensure that customers and employees feel completely at ease in the new building. "The new building will provide us with everything we need to offer our customers comprehensive, first-class support in a pleasant environment," says a delighted Friedrich Kanz, looking forward to the move from Newington to Rocky Hill following the construction period, which will extend to around 12 months.


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