Arburg GmbH +Co. KG made a big leap ahead at Fakuma 2006 - showing its largest-ever injection molding machine, with 550 tons of clamping force.
For years, Arburg was considered a maker of small-tonnage machines. But the company in Lossburg, Germany, gradually added larger sizes, topping out at 440 tons. At Fakuma, the new Allrounder 920 S molded a polypropylene serving tray. A Multilift H robot removed the trays.
Arburg officials were asked the inevitable question at an Oct. 17 news conference at Fakuma: Will you keep making bigger machines? The answer is no. Arburg does not have the machining and production capacity at its Lossburg factory to make a larger machine, said Christoph Schumacher, marketing manager and head of corporate communications.
The Fakuma show, and the big-press news, capped off Arburg's 50th anniversary year of making injection presses. Company officials said sales have been strong in 2006, helped greatly by the special Allrounder Golden Edition. Arburg will offer the Golden Edition in 2007 at a similar price.
The firm said 2006 sales should reach the level of Arburg's best-ever year of 2000 - about 350 million euros ($440 million). Arburg employs about 2,000 people, including 1,700 in Lossburg.
Meanwhile, Arburg is keeping the gold coming. At Fakuma, the company introduced an Allrounder 570 C Golden Edition, with 220 tons of clamping force.
Officials also announced that, by the end of the year, Arburg will offer the largest-yet Golden Edition press, a 720 S, with 330 tons of clamping force.
Arburg also showed a new press under its Allrounder U series: an accumulator-driven 520 U with clamping force of 176 tons, plus a new vertical-clamp 275 V.