ACS Group has pulled out of NPE2009 as it takes steps to streamline its operations into centralized facilities.
In a March 2 news release, officials with the Schaumburg, Ill.-based auxiliary equipment maker said the decision to leave the upcoming June 22-26 show in Chicago was made after the company developed a new operational plan. ACS also had extensive conversations with customers and sales representatives before deciding to pull out of NPE, the company said.
Two injection molding press makers Nissei Plastic Industrial Co. Ltd. of Nagano, Japan, and Netstal-Maschinen AG of NÃ¤fels, Switzerland in February said they were withdrawing from the trade show. Tokyo-based injection press maker Japan Steel Works Ltd. also recently decided not to exhibit at NPE.
Nissei, Netstal and JSW cited the economic downturn as the major reason they decided not to attend the show.
There are some economic reasons for [ACS' withdrawal] as well, said Bill Desrosiers, ACS' corporate marketing director.
Under its reorganization, ACS will close a factory in Attleboro, Mass., that makes granulators and shredders; production will be moved to ACS' main assembly plant in New Berlin, Wis.
ACS also will close a sales office in the United Kingdom and a service center in Ontario, Calif.
Desrosiers said two other U.S. locations will remain open: a plant in Wabash, Ind., that makes injection and compression molding machines; and a facility in Flint, Mich., that serves both as an ACS technical center and the headquarters of materials-handling equipment supplier Colortronic North America Inc.
ACS said it will introduce new processes and systems into its manufacturing operations and will refocus its application and engineering staff toward customer service.
Desrosiers said that the long-term plan to reorganize ACS' manufacturing processes, facilities and products began in 2005, when the firm opened its large factory in New Berlin.
At that time, ACS consolidated manufacturing from its former headquarters in Wood Dale., Ill., and a factory in Milwaukee into the Wisconsin operation.
During the past three years, the company has integrated all its plants with the same operating systems, such as enterprise resource planning, quality and aftermarket service. ACS also has announced plans for several new products, including environmentally friendly chillers, a series of granulators for blow molding machines and extruders, machine-mounted granulator evacuation systems, and a line of continuous loss-in-weight feeders.