Engel Holding GmbH announced the creation of Engel Composite Systems at Fakuma, as well as rolling out its new customer portal called e-connect.
Engel already runs the Center for Lightweight Composites at its plant in St. Valentin, Austria, where the company makes large-tonnage machines. The location makes sense because big presses are used by the automotive sector, where structural composite parts give major weight savings.
While the Center for Lightweight Composites has proven out the use of fiber-reinforced plastics for new applications and continues to develop new technology, the Engel Composites Systems business will support customers in actual end-product planning and the production launch phase, covering all countries.
Matthias Mayr is the head of Engel Composite Systems.
Christoph Steger, Engel's chief sales officer, said the increased demand for integrated lightweight parts and systems requires a separation of the actual project work from development work.