Netstal moving production to KM facilities

Swiss injection moulding machine maker Netstal-Maschinen, which is a part of the German KraussMaffei (KM) Group, is discontinuing its machining works at its Näfels plant and will concentrate on R&D, final assembly and servicing instead at the plant. “In recent weeks, rotary parts manufacturing has been discontinued, while work has been under way to expand the scope of product development and technological support for customers in the beverages and packaging industries, medical engineering and high-precision parts. One example is the relocating of the KraussMaffei PETForm product portfolio from Munich to Näfels so that all PET-related technology areas will be concentrated in Näfels in future,” said the company in a statement. It also added that machining and module preassembly will gradually be transferred to sister plants within the KraussMaffei Group in Germany and Slovakia.

“Our goal is to strengthen the position of Netstal as a premium brand and to develop the Näfels site in an ever-competitive market environment with intense cost pressure while boosting its international competitiveness and innovative capacity. By the same token, we at Näfels aim to meet the premium requirements of our customers by concentrating more on fast-cycling premium products with extremely short cycle times and highest levels of precision," explains Dr Hans Ulrich Golz, CEO of Netstal. For a year now, the value creation process at Näfels has been under review with regard to future market demands. This review process will be actively continued and any necessary structural measures will be phased in.

At the K2013 show, Netstal will roll out two new models from the successful ELION series - the ELION 4200 with a hybrid drive concept and an all-electric version of the ELION 2200.

(IMA)

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