Engel and TIG join forces

Engel and TIG

Engel Austria, the injection moulding machine manufacturer based in Schwertberg, takes over the manufacturing execution systems (MES) provider TIG (Technische Informationssysteme GmbH), in Rankweil. With this investment, Engel is consolidating its position as a leader in the area of (MES) for the injection moulding industry, thereby achieving another milestone in its Industry 4.0 strategy.

Engel and TIG, a pioneer in MES, have been closely cooperating in the area of MES solutions for many years. Among other things, e-factory, Engel's own MES, is based on the development efforts of TIG e-factory makes Engel one of the few injection moulding machine manufacturers in the world who can offer its customers a proprietary MES that has been precisely tailored to the requirements of the injection moulding industry. "e-factory is an essential component of our inject 4.0 programme, with which we support our customers in the digitalisation of their manufacturing processes", says Dr. Peter Neumann, CEO of the Engel Group. "Together, we can respond in an even more targeted fashion to the often very individualised requirements of our customers, thereby adding greater value for the customer, and strengthening the competitive ability of both companies, " he adds.

Dr Stefan Engleder, Engel's Chief Technical Officer emphasised the two companies’ plans. “We have ambitious plans together. The digitalisation of manufacturing processes in the plastics industry is rapidly gaining in importance, “ he says.

Under the umbrella of the Engel Group, TIG will be managed as an independent subsidiary. The two MES solutions, e-factory by Engel and authentig by TIG, will continue to be offered independently, as stand-alone solutions, and development will continue on both. With Engel as a strategic investor, TIG can pursue the evolution of authentig more intensively, while keeping the MES independent and interface-agnostic.

Wolfgang Frohner, TIG's founder and continuing Managing Director comments, "As a member of the Engel group, we can very effectively secure long term developments. At the same time, we will retain our high degree of effectiveness and the ability to respond flexibly to rapidly changing requirements."


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