MacroPower Days ran April 22-23 in Kottingbrunn.
Wittmann Battenfeld has sold more than 300 MacroPower presses since introducing the line at the 2010 K show. In 2013, the company opened a 17,220-square-foot addition at its main press assembly plant in Kottingbrunn, boosting the top size of the two-platen MacroPower to 1,600 metric tons of clamping force. Before that the press series had maxed out at 1,100 tonnes.
Now Wittmann Battenfeld is beefing up its large-press machining operation in Kottingbrunn, with 7,000-square-foot expansion to house a machining center for its platens and other large components for the bigger MacroPowers. That machining operation was set to begin production right after MacroPower Days.
Offering MacroPower presses up to 1,600 tonnes will help Wittmann Battenfeld gain business in automotive, a sector that accounts for about 50 percent of total sales, said Georg Tinschert, managing director and CEO.
Automotive is even more important for the machinery maker's U.S. unit — making up about 65 percent of business at Wittmann Battenfeld Inc. in Torrington, Conn., said President David Preusse, who attended MacroPower Days. Preusse said the bigger presses will help capture more business.
“It's really ideal for us to be hitting that larger range,” he said. “It's really opening new opportunities for us for consumer products and auto.”
At a news conference during MacroPower Days, General Manager Michael Wittmann said the company generated about 304 million euros ($328.6 million) of sales in 2014. He predicted sales will increase about 5-6 percent in 2015.
The company employs 1,850 people around the world.