Seeking to remedy the “delightful problem” of reaching capacity at its U.S. headquarters in Rocky Hill, CT, Arburg broke ground on June 14 on a 23,000-square-foot expansion. Arburg CEO Friedrich Kanz and CFO Claude-Helene McIntyre, municipal representatives William O‘Sullivan and Larrye deBaer, and members of the construction team were in attendance.
“Our U.S. business developed considerably faster and better than expected in recent years,” explained Kanz. “Thanks to this dynamic development, we have the delightful problem that our headquarters, which was newly built as recently as 2015, has already met its capacity limits,” necessitating the expansion, added Kanz.
|At the groundbreaking ceremony left to right are Jim Becker, Project Architect, Tecton Architects; Claude-Helene McIntyre, CFO, Arburg Inc.; Friedrich Kanz, CEO, Arburg Inc.; William O'Sullivan, Deputy Mayor of Rocky Hill; and Larrye deBaer, Chairman of the Economic Development Commission, Rocky Hill.|
The addition will provide more space for set up and testing of turnkey automation projects, customizing stock machines and storing spare parts. State-of-the-art logistics will be implemented, said Arburg, and a 44-ton crane is planned for the new space. After-sales support will get an upgrade, and rooms will be added for customer training and technical seminars as well as 25 more offices for employees in the application, turnkey and service departments.
The existing building already has a showroom for up to seven Allrounder injection molding machines and a lab with two Freeformers for additive manufacturing.
The United States is the most important foreign market for Arburg, which has its global headquarters in Lossburg, Germany, with subsidiaries in 26 countries and representation in more than 100 countries. U.S. subsidiary Arburg Inc. was established in 1990. In addition to the Rocky Hill headquarters, Arburg operates Technology Centers in Irvine, CA, and Elgin, IL. Arburg USA has 105 employees and supports 13,000 installed machines in the United States, Canada and the Mexican border region.