Wittmann Group is investing $2.4 million in a 20,000-sq-ft expansion to its U.S. subsidiary, giving the supplier of injection molding machines, auxiliaries, and robotics its first North American venue capable of displaying its large MacroPower molding machine series, as well as a larger space for commissioning complete molding cells.
"Although we have an ever-growing MacroPower install base in North America, we have not had room to display the MacroPower line," Sonny Morneault, Wittmann Battenfeld's national sales manager, told PlasticsToday.
The MacroPower series ranges up to 1500 tons of clamping force, and Wittmann stated in a release, that increasingly it is being commissioned for more turnkey lines, including machine, automation, and peripherals. The addition has ceilings over 30 ft high, which Wittmann said will permit unimpeded assembly and testing of the large MacroPower models. The existing building had been used to commission complete lines with machines from the MicroPower, EcoPower, HM, TM, and VM series.
Morneault said the space can accommodate between 30 and 50 machines in total. Wittmann's initial plan is to have about six large tonnage presses on site, with between four and six on display for training, demos, and mold trials.
The expanded Connecticut site will allow Wittmann to build full cells above 500 tons, in addition to its existing capacity for smaller systems, which are delivered from Torrington, as well as the company's Mid-West Tech Center in South Elgin, IL.
Wittmann has been in Torrington, CT for 24 years, with the new site being expanded for the second time since it was built in 2000. The expansion, which began in July, is set to open in January 2014. Wittmann employs 130 in Torrington, and Morneault said some additional hires could be made as the company builds stock. Since 2010, Wittmann Battenfeld reports that sales have grown by 140%.