A growing automation and auxiliary business is enabling Wittmann Inc. of Torrington, Conn., to start a $1 million building project that will boost its manufacturing space by 60 percent.
President David Preusse said in a March 30 interview at MassPlastics 2005 in Fitchburg that the company has ordered the steel for a 20,000-square-foot addition to its 50,000-square-foot facility. Construction is slated to start in July, with completion due by October.
When finished, the improvements will boost Wittmann's manufacturing area from 25,000 to 40,000 square feet. The firm will add a painting booth and office space as well.
The company used to make only automation products and robots, but has boosted its auxiliary offerings to include granulators, temperature-control devices, dryers and materials-handling and water systems.
``We've been adding staff and we are running out of office space. We do lease two more buildings for warehouse space,'' said Preusse, ``But we do own a lot of land, so we could triple the size of the plant if necessary.''
He said the company is having a lot of success with its 7 Series three-dimensional servo-robot line, which was launched at last year's K show. At MassPlastics, the company displayed an R7 with a new control.
Preusse said the robots are produced in Torrington and other global locations including a new plant in Kunshan, China, which began production in March.
Local manufacturing is an important component to keeping costs down, he said. Wittmann has been able to reduce the prices of its robots, in part by increasing its sales volume.