The number 180 is a significant one for KraussMaffei Group. The Munich-based company is delivering its 180th injection molding machine to German molder Wirthwein AG, to celebrate 180 years of KraussMaffei.
The two companies gave the anniversary machine a one-of-a-kind look by hiring street artist Ralf Spitzer, well-known throughout Europe for his alias Shamey ABC, to airbrush the GX 900-4300 BlowPower. Illustrations include KM founders Georg von Krauss and Joseph Anton von Maffei, as well as Arthur Wirthwein.
The landmark injection press went to Wirthwein's factory in Creglingen, Germany, where it will mold window frame covers for doors of premium cars.
KraussMaffei delivered its first injection molding machine to Wirthwein in 1967 — a model from pioneering German injection press builder Eckert & Ziegler, which had been adopted by KM in 1964.
“We are proud of our long, trusting partnership and look forward to many more projects,” said Hans Ulrich Golz, president of KraussMaffei's injection molding machinery segment.
Marcus Wirthwein, chief technical officer of the molder, said: “We have been benefitting from then innovative products and the tailored service provided by KraussMaffei for decades.” He called the 180th press “a strong symbol of both our excellent cooperation with KraussMaffei as well as the sustained growth and continued further development of our location.”