During a ceremony held on March 22 during a gala event on the eve of the opening of NPE2015, Eugen Hehl, currently Senior Partner at Arburg, was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame. Hehl, who together with his late brother Karl Hehl made Arburg into a global leader in injection molding machines, received the honor for his life's work together with seven other men and one woman.
The Arburg success story in plastics processing began in 1956 with the serial production of injection molding machines, at the time with 10 employees. One milestone was the invention of the Allrounder principle in 1961. Eugen Hehl promoted the sale of this innovative machine technology and the internationalization of the family-run company, which is today represented with fully-owned subsidiaries at 32 locations in 24 countries and employs around 2,400 people worldwide. Arburg made pioneering application technology achievements in multi-component injection molding, powder injection molding and in the processing of liquid silicone. In 2013, the freeformer for industrial additive manufacturing celebrated its world premiere--a further example of the innovative strength of the family-run company and its forward-thinking partners.
Plastics Hall of Fame
The Plastics Hall of Fame, which resides at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, is a tribute to the men and women who, through dedication and perseverance, have significantly contributed to the development and growth of the plastics industry over the past century.
The Plastics Academy, under the auspices of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, is tasked with the collection and screening of nominations from the industry. The final selection is made by the Living Members of the Hall of Fame.
This award is bestowed every three years during a gala event at the NPE trade fair.