Plastec: Arburg’s big plans for the U.S. include new headquarters

Anaheim—Three consecutive years of strong growth have German injection molding machine manufacturer Arburg feeling bullish about the U.S. molding market, with the company bolstering its American presence, including plans for a new U.S. headquarters.

Friedrich Kanz, president and CEO of the U.S. subsidiary, Arburg Inc., told PlasticsToday at Plastec West 2013 that if all goes to plan, the company will break ground on a new "state-of-the-art" headquarters in Rocky Hill, CT this spring. The company has occupied its current U.S. headquarters in neighboring Newington, CT since 1990, when it first established operations in the states. Arburg began importing injection molding machines into the U.S. in the 1960s using a company based in Connecticut. At this time, Arburg employs approximately 40 people in Newington.

Kanz said this move, and plans to hire in the technical, service, and application support areas reflect improved business since the 2008 global economic crisis.

"2009 was bad; 2010 came nicely back; 2011 was better; 2012 a little better yet; and 2013 has started strong," Kanz said. "So far it's looking good. The American market for injection molding machines really recovered nicely to a decent level. The one-way street to China has closed, and some work is coming back. People are realizing some jobs can be done at least as efficiently in the U.S. as in China."

At Plastec, the company's booth included its all stainless steel all-electric Allround 520 A, especially designed for clean room operation, with Kanz describing it as a "clean room in the machine."

Arburg has two other offices in the U.S. located in Elgin, IL and Irvine, CA, which it opened in 2008.

"The future for our business in this market is good," Kanz said. "The U.S. is critically important."

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