• Heinz Gaub takes over as Managing Director Technology & Engineering at Arburg from April 1 2014
• Herbert Kraibühler enters into retirement after 50 years at Arburg
• Handover prepared long in advance
Lossburg. On April 1 2014, Heinz Gaub takes up his duties as Managing Director Technology & Engineering at Arburg. He succeeds Herbert Kraibühler, who has retired after 50 years of service to the company. The handover was planned long in advance, enabling Heinz Gaub to spend nine months of intensive preparation for his new responsibilities.
In Heinz Gaub Arburg has found a new Managing Director Technology & Engineering who is a perfect fit for the company. For one thing, he has always had a soft spot for internationally active, medium-sized family-run industrial companies. Moreover his career to date has equipped him perfectly for this position, as does his expertise in machine manufacturing.
He studied mechanical engineering, specialising in production technology, at the Technical University of Berlin, as well as completing an MSc at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). He has since gained 15 years of experience in executive positions at medium-sized industrial companies, four years in management at the German Standardisation Institute (DIN) in Berlin, as well as providing consulting to holding companies as an independent industry expert.
During his nine-month induction period, Heinz Gaub had the opportunity to familiarise himself with his area of responsibility, which includes Development, Materials Administration, Quality Management and Production with a total of 1,100 employees, and was able to work closely with his predecessor Herbert Kraibühler, who spent 50 years at Arburg.
In 1964, Herbert Kraibühler began training as a machine fitter and subsequently studied precision engineering in Karlsruhe, specialising in plastics technology, thanks to a scholarship from Arburg. In 1972, he joined the company’s Development Department. His further professional path led him via various posts until he assumed the position of Managing Director Technology & Engineering in 1996. Over the course of the five decades, he continuously furthered the development of injection moulding technology, extending the product portfolio to include additive manufacturing with the freeformer.
German machine manufacturer Arburg is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of injection moulding machines with clamping forces between 125 and 5,000 kN. This is complemented by robotic systems, customer- and sector-specific turnkey solutions and further peripherals. An innovative additive manufacturing system developed in-house was added to the plastic processing range in 2013.In keeping with its motto “Arburg for efficient injection moulding”, the company places the topic of production efficiency at the centre of all its activities, taking into account the entire value-added chain.
The objective is to enable the Arburg customers to manufacture their plastic products, whether one-off parts or high-volume production, in optimal quality and at minimum unit costs – e.g. for the automotive and packaging industries, communication and entertainment electronics, medical technology, or the white goods sector.
An international sales and service network guarantees first-class, local customer support. Arburg is represented by its own organisations at 32 locations in 24 countries and by trading partners in more than 50 countries. The machines are produced exclusively at the parent factory in Lossburg, Germany. From a total of around 2,300 employees, around 1,900 work in Germany. About 400 further employees work in Arburg’s organisations around the world. In 2012, Arburg became one of the first companies to gain triple certification: to ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environment) and ISO 50001 (Energy).
Further information about Arburg can be found at www.arburg.com.