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Arburg celebrates its golden anniversary in 2006

Petrochemical industry | 02 Jan 2006 IST | Polymerupdate.com

1956 - 2006: "50 years of ARBURG injection moulding machines". An example of the German economic miracle

Lossburg. By announcing its new annual motto "50 years of ARBURG injection moulding machines" Arburg is demonstrating its focus for the historically important year, 2006. 50 years ago, in 1956, Arburg started the series production of plastic injection moulding machines in the northern Black Forest. In 2006 Arburg with subsidiaries, representative offices and trading partners in 70 countries throughout the world, will be celebrating "50 years of ARBURG injection moulding machines".

With events and campaigns around the world, Arburg will be celebrating its golden anniversary throughout the entire year, in a manner befitting the occasion. Special focus in the anniversary year will be on the Arburg headquarters in Lossburg.

50 years of injection moulding machines: 1956 -2006

The family company, founded in 1923, took the first step towards its today commercial orientation as a machine construction company in 1954. In order to improve the in-house production of photo flash devices, Arburg developed a hand operated injection moulding machine, which, in response to the large demand, was produced in series production already two years later and successfully penetrated the still new plastics processing market. The beginning of series machine production at Arburg in 1956 was therefore the unanticipated birth of an international company success story which has lasted until the present day.

Today, with the "50 years of ARBURG injection moulding machines" approaching in 2006, Arburg is one of the world~s leading manufacturers of injection moulding machines with clamping forces up to 4.000 kN and employs approximately 1,950 people around the world. Most of the staff -1,650 - are employed at the production and administration site in Lossburg, and a further 300 people work in the 21 Arburg subsidiaries and representative offices worldwide. Through its trading partners, the Arburg service and sales network covers more than 70 countries, whereby the company~s presence in all the most important markets is ensured.

The commercial success of the medium-sized company from the northern Black Forest is also demonstrated by its impressive figures - the consolidated turnover of Arburg GmbH + Co KG amounted to 276 million euros in 2004, and the Hehl Group as a whole, with its 19 subsidiaries throughout the world achieved a consolidated turnover of 308 million euros in 2004.

Innovative by tradition

From the early days onwards, the success of Arburg was based on a great potential for technical innovation and its own commitment with respect to technological leadership. Constant, industry-relevant developments secure a leading role for Arburg on the international market.

The development of the Allrounder principle in 1961 revolutionised the construction of injection moulding machines due to the swivelling clamping unit and interchangeable injection unit, resulting in up to ten different working positions. With the introduction of microprocessor technology (1975), the launch of the first graphical user interface (1982) and the unveiling of the new control system generation Selogica (1993), Arburg has made machine handling much more convenient and direct.

The Allrounder principle is still in use today, but has been improved more than once. The various milestones, such as the development of the first two-colour machine (1963) and the introduction of the Vario principle with the free-sliding injection unit as a global innovation (1989), have endorsed Arburg~s philosophy of innovation time and time again.

Central site in Lossburg

With the construction of Arburg II, completed in the year 2000, the former production area increased by more than a third, from 90,000 m2 to approximately 130,000 m2. This strategically far-sighted extension to the plant was also a clear demonstration of Arburg~s loyalty to the region and to Germany as a production site. With an extremely high proportion of in-house production, Arburg has been using this site for 50 years as the basis for the outstanding quality of its own products.

Third generation of the family at Arburg

On 1st January 2005, a change of generation in the management team was successfully carried out. With Juliane Hehl, Renate Keinath and Michael Hehl, the third generation of the owning Hehl family took over control of the company. Since then Michael Hehl has taken on the role of spokesperson for the newly-formed corporate management team. The former chairpersons of the management board, Karl and Eugen Hehl have continued to have advisory roles within the management team. Continuity and progress were the clear results for staff and customers of this responsible approach to a change of generation at Arburg.

Outstanding products, sound expertise, short communication channels to the customers and ideal service are the keys to the sustained success of Arburg and leading market position. Practise-oriented, innovative solutions for complex injection moulding tasks and a focus on customer benefit are always of prime importance. This will also continue to be the case on the next major anniversary.

About ARBURG

The German machine construction company, ARBURG, is one of the leading global manufacturers of injection moulding machines for plastics processing with clamping forces between 125 kN and 4000 kN. Fields of application are, for example, the production of plastic parts for motor vehicles, communications and consumer electronics, medical technology, domestic appliances and packaging. The product range is completed by robotic systems, complex projects and other peripherals. In the context of an integrated management system, ARBURG is certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001 and 14001. ARBURG is present in a total of 70 countries - in all the major plastics markets - with a comprehensive on-site sales and service network. More than 1,950 employees share in ARBURG~s success world-wide. Production is carried out by approximately 1,650 employees, exclusively at the parent factory in Lossburg (Germany). A further 300 employees work at the 21 subsidiaries and representative offices.
Further information is available from ARBURG athttp://www.arburg.com
 

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