The Wittmann Group has moved into an enlarged and purpose-built facility in the Czech Republic, creating a new headquarters for Wittmann Battenfeld CZ that will be responsible for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The new facility has more than 1100m² of space for regional sales and service support, with plans to create a design department for the mechanical and electrical design, construction, and startup of grippers, end-of-arm tooling for robots, and complete automation cells.
The facility, which officially began operations Feb. 1, is located in Pisek, in the southern part of Bohemia, a few kilometers from the company's existing site, with construction having started in the fall of 2008. Wittmann's Czech subsidiary began operations in April 2003 in Pisek. Since that time, the company reports that more than 200 plastic processors in the Czech Republic and Slovakia are using Wittmann and Wittmann Battenfeld machines or entire production lines, with most of the business focused on the automotive market.
The Wittmann Group's new facility also features an extended training room covering more than 80m² and housing a minimum of two molding machines. At present the training room features an all-electric EcoPower 110/350 press with a Wittmann W813 linear robot, as well as a model HM 180/750 hydraulic press with a W821 robot. The showroom also has Tempro temperature controllers, the latest Drymax dryer generations, Feedmax single and central loaders, as well as screenless and standard SUMO and MAS beside-the-press granulators.
Wittmann Battenfeld CZ has additional regional sales and service support in Bilovec (Ostrava), Jihlava, Svitavy, Sluknov, and Pilsen. The Pisek site's manager, Michal Slaba, said in a release that the current staff of 18 will grow in the years to come. With headquarters in Vienna, the Wittmann Group has seven production facilities and 20 branch offices in all major plastics markets in the world.