DUSSELDORF, GERMANY — Auxiliary equipment supplier AEC Inc. plans to boost its sales and service support in Europe and South America through new sales representation, strategic alliances and some acquisitions.
Larry Bowman, international sales vice president for AEC Sterling Corp., also stressed that the equipment supplier remains committed to the Asian market in spite of the continuing regional economic crisis.
``We continue to have strong activity in China, Taiwan and Singapore and we see some activity in [South] Korea. We remain committed to the entire Asian continent and are supporting a large, installed base of equipment throughout the region,'' he said in an interview at K'98 in Dusseldorf.
Bowman pinpointed Europe and South America as key growth areas. But he said Wood Dale, Ill.-based AEC intends to strengthen technical sales representation and service support throughout the world.
``We are seeking new representatives in some locations and looking for strategic partnerships and acquisitions in others. AEC has a significant cost advantage and years of engineering and system design experience worldwide for injection molding, extrusion and other processes,'' he said.
AEC's products include AEC/Whitlock conveying and drying machines, AEC/HydReclaim blending and reclaim equipment, AEC/Application Engineering chillers and temperature controls and AEC/Nelmor granulators and shredders.
At its K'98 booth, AEC presented several new products, including a complete line of stainless steel hoppers and hopper loaders. Its SR series receivers and loaders come in five sizes from 0.1-1.6 cubic feet and in several configurations.
``The new hoppers were designed for ultramodularity, that is the tube stubs, hopper bodies, the quick clamps, and motor assemblies were designed to be interchangeable wherever possible,'' according to a company news release.
``Processors are expecting more from their basic loading and conveying equipment. This new product meets their new, more demanding requirements,'' said AEC/Whitlock's marketing and engineering Vice President Lou Zavala.
AEC/HydReclaim announced at K that its batch and continuous weigh blenders meet CE certification requirements for the European market.
The firm presented its Model OS series blenders with a blending throughput range of 30-5,000 pounds per hour and Model OL continuous gravimetric blenders, which it claims offers precise metering of two to seven or more ingredients.