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Karl Hehl passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 24, 2010 at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife Julie, their daughter Renate Keinath and his brother Eugen, with whom he helped lead Arburg, a company founded by their father, to become one of the world's leading manufacturers of injection molding machinery. The family-run company is in the third generation, with Keinath and her cousins Juliane and Michael Hehl responsible for it.

PlasticsToday Staff

November 29, 2010

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Karl Hehl, longtime leader at Arburg, dies at 87

Karl Hehl passed away unexpectedly on Nov. 24, 2010 at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife Julie, their daughter Renate Keinath and his brother Eugen, with whom he helped lead Arburg, a company founded by their father, to become one of the world's leading manufacturers of injection molding machinery. The family-run company is in the third generation, with Keinath and her cousins Juliane and Michael Hehl responsible for it.

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Karl Hehl, longtime technical wizard at Arburg, passed away at age 87.

Even after retiring from active company management, Karl Hehl remained a senior partner at the company and in fact quite active; visitors were never surprised to see him and his brother in the firm's headquarters in Lossburg, Germany, where it manufactures all of its machines. Until recently he played an active role as an advisory partner, making a significant contribution to the family-run company.

Karl Hehl served for many years as chairman of the management board and played a decisive role in Arburg's success story. His influence as a technical specialist was decisive in shaping the family-run business for more than six decades. His expertise was recognized with many awards including the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2007, the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) awarded the Hehl brothers the Business Management Award for their lifetime achievement.

Hehl was the technical dynamo who with his brother, the business and marketing expert, helped grow their father Arthur's metalworking business for medical tools into the company it has become, with more than 2000 employees and turnover this year expected to top €340 million. While in Normandy in 1943, he came up with the company's name, and in 1954 developed the first of the company's injection molding machines for its own in-house use in the manufacture of camera flash bulbs. Two years later Arburg began series production and sales of the machines, and by 1960 had sold its 1000th press. 

A company statement concluded, "In Karl Hehl, Arburg and the entire industry has lost an extraordinary character, business man and pioneer. The partners, management and staff will always hold his memory in great esteem and will continue to work according to his principles."

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