SCHWERTBERG, AUSTRIA (Aug. 31, 10:20 p.m. ET) — Global injection molding machine maker Engel Holding GmbH plans to open a technical center and seminar center near the Mumbai International Airport in India.
The center will be used for machine demonstrations, customer trials, pre-production and running mold trials. It will also include an expanded spare parts warehouse. The center will offer training seminars that will lead to qualifications for machine operators and maintenance technicians.
"The Indian market for injection moulding is transforming beyond recognition", said Jitendra Devlia, managing director of Engel Machinery India Pvt. Ltd., in an Aug. 31 news release. "Issues like maximum product quality, long-term reproducibility, proper mold protection and set-up time optimization are becoming ever more important to our clients."
Expansion in India is being driven by strong demand from automotive, packaging, appliance, agricultural and construction customers.
Schwertberg-based Engel revealed in July that its global sales have rebounded nearly its pre-recession sales levels. The company reported sales from shipments during the 2011 fiscal year of $881 million, up nearly 72 percent from 2010, when the company was suffering through the global slump in plastics machinery sales.