Extrusion Dies Industries LLC of Chippewa Falls is establishing a subsidiary in Germany to strengthen sales and service there and in neighboring countries.
EDI GmbH, headquartered in Reichshof-Wehnrath, Germany, will be headed by General Manager Andreas Sannert, a 20-year toolmaking veteran who for the past nine years represented EDI through the former Extrusion Dies Services operation in Wiehl-Hubender, Germany. EDI will provide sales, technical support and die remanufacturing for processors in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Switzerland.
Timothy Callahan, EDI president and chief executive officer, said in a telephone interview that his firm has been active in Germany and other European countries for more than two decades. The new subsidiary's territory represents as much as 15 percent of the company's overall business, he estimated.
``[The region] has been a very important one for many years,'' Callahan said.
EDI will start operating in January at a newly acquired, 5,000-square-foot facility. It will grow to a comprehensive service center providing technical process support, spare parts and rework, EDI said in a Dec. 16 news release.
Extrusion Dies has another international service center in Leicester, England, and a decades-long agent in Japan, Kodama Chemical Industry Co. Ltd., that does remanufacturing under license from Extrusion Dies.
Christopher Curtin, Extrusion Dies executive vice president of sales and marketing, said the formation of EDI GmbH reflects the firm's global expansion plans under new ownership. Last spring a management-led team bought EDI from U.S. Bank in Minneapolis for undisclosed terms.