Injection molding giant Arburg has named Martin Baumann new CEO of the company’s vital 33-year-old US subsidiary.
With more than 13,000 Arburg injection molding machines installed in North America, the region overseen by Arburg Inc. is the parent company’s largest foreign market. Baumann took the helm Thursday and will undergo an “intensive familiarization program in the United States in close cooperation with the headquarters in Lossburg, Germany, to prepare him for his new challenges,” the company said.
Baumann succeeds Friedrich Kanz, who is retiring after 23 years with Arburg. Based in Rocky Hill, CT, since 2015, Arburg Inc. also has technology centers in Elgin, IL, and Irvine, CA, all supported by more than 100 employees.
Joining Arburg USA after a four-year tenure as vice president and general manager at MAAG Group Americas in Eagle Rock, VA, Baumann calls himself a "business and general manager with a focus on developing and implementing growth strategies for complex industrial products in the B2B environment." He earned his bachelor’s in plastics technology in 1991 from Aalen University of Applied Sciences – Engineering and Economics, in Aalen, Germany, and his MBA in international marketing from the Export Academy in Reutlingen, Germany, in 1993.
“I feel greatly honored to be part of the Arburg family, and I look forward to making my contribution toward ensuring that our customers can produce their plastic parts efficiently, the key to commercial success, with our high-end technology,” Baumann added.
In addition to its Allrounder presses, Arburg is known for its Freeformer industrial additive manufacturing and robotic systems, as well as customer- and industry-specific turnkey solutions and other peripheral equipment.
Thanks to robust growth in the United States, Arburg Inc. began expanding its Rocky Hill headquarters in 2019. The 23,000-square-foot expansion nearly doubled the hub’s original 27,000-square-foot footprint. The additional space provided more room for building turnkey systems, customizing stock machines, and storing spare parts.
"In recent years, our US business has developed significantly better and faster than expected,“ Kanz said at the time. “Thanks to this dynamic development, we now face the fortunate problem that our US headquarters, which was newly built as recently as 2015, is already reaching its capacity limits."