5000 injection moulding machines have been built by ENGEL AUSTRIA’s production facility in South Korea since being established in 2001. The “milestone” machine – an ENGEL victory with ecodrive – was delivered at the beginning of 2014.
Customer proximity reduces delivery times
ENGEL pursed a global presence from early on and established its own production plants in regions with strong growth potential. Today, ENGEL is the only European injection moulding machine manufacturer with two production plants in Asia. The plant for injection moulding machines in the small and medium clamping force segment is located in Pyungtaek City (Ko-rea), while ENGEL builds large-scale machines for the Asian markets in Shanghai (China).
The assembly capacity at the two locations has been substantially increased in the past two years. Thanks to application-orientated system solutions from a single source, ENGEL has attained a leading position in Asia, too. Local customers benefit from flexible alterations to their machines and system solutions for their specific requirements, as well as from short delivery times.
“Our project running times are constantly getting shorter”, confirms Gerhard Zebe, President of Global Operations Mechanicals at Flextronics, based in Zhuhai, South China. “ENGEL adheres to the delivery times we demand and fulfills individual equipment requests in Asia. As a company with global production, we value partners that also have a global presence and provide the same quality and service worldwide. And this is precisely what we appreciate about ENGEL.”
Energy efficiency drives competition
Flextronics is a leading end to end supply chain solutions company that employs a staff of 200,000 in more than 30 countries. ENGEL is a preferred supplier in its injection moulding sector. All told, ENGEL has thus far delivered nearly 400 injection moulding machines and integrated manufacturing cells with automation and process technology to the group. The new ENGEL victory machine is destined for the site in Malaysia.
Its tie-bar-less technology makes the ENGEL victory a preferred machine type. “Tie-bar-less technology helps to keep floor space for our manufacturing cells to a minimum,” says Gerhard Zebe. “Additionally, the ENGEL victory machines work extremely precisely without losing any stability during the course of their entire service lives.” The latest delivered ENGEL victory machines are equipped with the ecodrive energy-saving option, just like the new “milestone” machine. “Sustainability is very important to our business”, adds Zebe.
Mutual goals provide incentive – on both sides
The delivery of the 5000th machine from Korean production was actually celebrated twice. First with the staff in Korea, and shortly afterwards together with the customer at ENGEL’s head offices in Schwertberg, Austria. Dr Peter Neumann, CEO of ENGEL Holding, thus had the opportunity to thank Flextronics for their trust and long-standing partnership. “Vigorous innovation, combined with sustainable operations, is what characterises the global activities of both Flextronics and ENGEL”, emphasises Peter Neumann. “Building on these shared values, our close cooperation continually provides new impetus contributing to the on-going development of both companies.”