Arburg AG, Münsingen, Switzerland, the Swiss headquarters of Arburg GmbH + Co. KG, Lossburg, Germany, celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary on June 27, 2019. To mark the date, an open house event was held for 130 guests, with a programme of presentations and technical highlights on the agenda.
During the event, Juliane Hehl, Managing Partner at Arburg, presented an Arburg anniversary sculpture to Marcel Spadini, Managing Director of Arburg AG. In her speech, Hehl emphasised the achievements of the Swiss Arburg team over the past twenty-five years, stating, “Important factors in Arburg’s success story are its high level of expertise and its continuity, both of which are highly prized by its customers.” She added that many employees had been working for Arburg AG for many years, with two present having been involved since the beginning.
This message was also echoed by Gerhard Böhm, Arburg’s Managing Director Sales, who described the establishment of the subsidiary as an important milestone in the successful development of Arburg in Switzerland. “We have been the market leader in Switzerland for many years, which is why Arburg AG is considered a jewel in the crown of our international subsidiary network,” he commented.
Böhm also presented the highlights of Arburg’s activities in Switzerland, which began fifty years ago with the delivery of the first Allrounder injection moulding machines to Swiss customers. These machines were supported for many years by trading partner Hatag before the subsidiary was eventually founded in 1994.
Over the past 25 years, Arburg AG is said to have developed extremely successfully. “Our customers in Switzerland now rely more than ever on innovative strength and production efficiency in order to stay ahead of the competition,” stated Böhm. Accordingly, highly-complex, fully-automated and specifically-configured machines and turnkey solutions are in demand.
In the Swiss market, Arburg’s Allrounders are mainly used in medical technology and the watch-making industry, as well as in the electrical and construction industry. Looking to the future, a number of exhibits and presentations during the event also looked at future applications, addressing the potential of injection moulding, Additive Manufacturing and digitalisation.
Presentations were given by Prof Frank Ehrig from the Rapperswil College of engineering; Prof Jürg De Pietro from the Plastics Training and Technology Centre (Katz); Silvio Ponti, President of Swiss Plastics; René Ziswiler from Swiss Plastics Expo Lucerne; Dr Christian Rytka from the Technical University of North-West Switzerland; Christophe Jacot, President of Swiss Plastics Cluster; Bruno Bürgisser from the University of Technology and Architecture in Fribourg; and Prof Wolfgang Kaiser from ETH Zurich.