At the end of November, Engel Machinery Korea became the first foreign company to win the Korea National Quality Award in the 39 years of its history of the award. The award was presented by the Korean Prime Minister Jung Hong-Won and the winners have been honored by the Korean President Park Geun-Hye. Engel won this presidential quality award in the field of production innovation.
The Korea National Quality Award has been introduced by the Korean government to improve quality standards in Korea. It is based on the Malcom Baldrige National Award (USA), the European Quality Award and the Deming Prize (Japan) which underlines the international importance.
"This award is a great honor for us and also an important confirmation of the fact that we're on the right track with our global quality management system," says Robert Bodingbauer, president of Engel Machinery Korea. "Our plant in Pyeongtaek City abides by the same strict quality standards used at our main factory in Austria, and this award highlights the fact that this company motto is being adhered to consistently all over the world."
Engel has been producing injection molding machines in the small and medium clamping force segment in Korea since 2001. The decentralized production guarantees short delivery times for customers in Asia and also ensures that injection molding machines and turnkey solutions are adapted to the specific requirements of the local markets. In Spring 2013, Engel doubled its capacities in Korea. Robert Bodingbauer states: "The demand for quality products and innovative technologies as well as short delivery times and extensive customer service will secure the success of Engel in Asia in the future."