CHICAGO (July 15, 1:50 p.m. EDT) — Geiss Thermoforming USA LLC of Elk Grove Village, Ill., has placed four thermoforming machines with a total value of $1.85 million in U.S. locations between November and March.
Two machines went to the GE Plastics product development center in Pittsfield, Mass. Profile Plastics Corp. of Lake Bluff, Ill., and another customer making Thule ski boxes received the other units.
Geiss USA, an independent sales representative for Geiss AG of Sesslach, Germany, opened a 2,000-square-foot technical center and showroom in November. Geiss USA has two service people and six sales representatives. The company makes vacuum forming and computer numerically controlled trimming machines, Manfred Geiss, owner and managing director, said at NPE 2003 in Chicago.
Geiss AG customizes designs and machine programming using proprietary software, offers an adjustable clamping system in both axes and integrates halogen heaters into the equipment. The firm first decided to pursue the North American market in early 2002.
The Geiss product line includes a $100,000, hand-loaded test and development machine and fully automatic full-level machines costing $350,000-$800,000. In the high-technology category, Geiss in late 2002 introduced its automated TT-in-one machine with vacuum and trim presses and two handling units, one or more rails and up to three linear motors. In January, Geiss delivered the first TT-in-one unit to a Denmark customer making polystyrene horticultural trays in 300 sizes.
Geiss AG employs 130 including a Hong Kong office and produced 122 machines last year.