SCHUNK is investing 85 million euros in its production sites
With a broad-based investment program, SCHUNK is preparing for the next step of its global growth with around €85 million euros to be invested at locations in Brackenheim-Hausen, Mengen, St. Georgen and Morrisville in the USA by mid-2020. This will create around 42,000 square metres of additional production and administration space. It all starts with the US plant in the state of North Carolina, where the new buildings were officially handed over a few days ago.
In addition to the expansion of the production area, SCHUNK Intec USA created a generous new administrative building that, through its open architecture, encourages and inspires creativity and lateral thinking. In the newly created Customer Center, users can experience SCHUNK’s components live and receive additional know-how in technology forums and workshops. Under the motto “One Team – One Family – One Future”, the approximately 4,000 square meter new building expansion was inaugurated in early May with an official ceremony followed by a Family Day.
Alongside Managing Partner Heinz-Dieter Schunk and Chief Executive Officer Henrik A. Schunk, the President of SCHUNK Intec USA, Milton Guerry was enthusiastic about the opportunities that the investment offers for the future. Anthony Copeland, Minister of Economic Affairs of North Carolina, praised SCHUNK as a great example of a company that creates jobs and highlights the assets of North Carolina as a business location. The largest subsidiary of SCHUNK was founded in 1992 to ensure proximity to American customers and to the subsidiaries of German corporations. This strategy is a complete success; on-site production ensures short delivery times and high flexibility, especially when it comes to specific components that are produced specifically for the American market. Today, the USA site plays a leading role within the group of companies for the entire North and South American market. SCHUNK has invested a total of almost 10 million euros in the expansion of the site.
A boom in automation and digitalisation
In addition, 40 million euros are being put into the Competence Center for Gripping Systems in Brackenheim-Hausen, just five kilometres from the headquarters in Lauffen. The expansion covers an area of 22,000 square metres and represents a doubling of the existing production area. SCHUNK is investing another 30 million euros in the Competence Center for Lathe Chuck Technology and Stationary Workholding in Mengen, in the district of Sigmaringen. Here, 12,000 square metres are to be added for production, research, and development. 5 million Euros were invested at the St. Georgen site in the Black Forest, where the production area was doubled with an increase of 4,200 sq m. CEO Henrik A. Schunk, sees the total volume of 85 million euros as a consistent investment in the future of the company: “In the coming years, we will experience a boom in automation and digitisation worldwide and we’ll only be able to handle this by having the right capacities.”
For several years, SCHUNK has been successfully focusing on these two trends and concentrating its resources and know-how. Henrik Schunk expects high growth rates, especially for mechatronic and increasingly intelligent clamping devices and gripping systems. The innovative family-owned company employs more than 3,500 people and has been a pioneer and source of ideas in production automation for years. SCHUNK also recently announced its cooperation with AnotherBrain, one of the world’s leading specialists in artificial intelligence. SCHUNK’s customer base includes the Who’s Who of mechanical engineering, robotics, automation, and assembly handling, and all the renowned automotive brands and their suppliers. The company operates 34 directly owned subsidiaries and nine plants around the world.
INDEX Open House 2019
Expert knowledge and innovations in the field of turning
From March 26th to 29th, INDEX Group is again inviting all existing and potential customers to its plant in Reichenbach, where it will be presenting a wide range of innovations on subject of turning at the Open House 2019.
Visitors will experience the new, digital INDEX world “iXworld”, which extends beyond technical functions into the service and organisation field and promises swift economic benefits. More than 20 state-of-the-art turning machines can be seen in action demonstrating their strengths and INDEX experts will use talks and one-on-one discussions to show how modern machining technologies can be deployed profitably.
Digitisation is advancing in all areas. At the Open House, INDEX is bringing the latest developments in its Cloud-based iXworld platform to life. It comprises the iXplore, iXshop, iXservices and iX4.0 modules, which can be used to access digital support for the entire process chain, from obtaining information during the purchase of a machine, on the operation and status of the machine, and all the way to service and spare parts procurement.
Advancing digitisation and automation can also be experienced in the more than 20 machines on display, which represent the state-of-the-art and open up new perspectives for the future. The INDEX C200 shows just how far the automation offering has progressed. The automatic production lathe, in a new, user-friendly design, will be shown with the iXcenter robot cell including vertical pallet storage, which, like other automation equipment, can optionally be integrated in various INDEX and TRAUB production machines.
Universal turning at the highest level
One of the highlights at the Open House 2019 is the INDEX B400 universal lathe, designed for precise and powerful machining of customised flange and shaft parts. It is now also available with a counter spindle, for even more flexibility and high-precision machining.
The TRAUB TNA400 universal lathe, which is largely identical in design to the INDEX B400, will be presented to all users and potential customers of TRAUB machines fitted with Mitsubishi controls. It, too, ensures powerful cutting and comprehensive machining options.
The other exhibits reflect the well-known diversity of INDEX and TRAUB solutions, including multi-spindle automatic lathes that guarantee high productivity at low unit costs, bush-type lathes for precision machining of complex workpieces, and the new generation of INDEX G-series turn-mill centres for maximum flexibility and demanding machining tasks.
The accompanying exhibition of just under 30 partner companies also features some of the latest innovations. In addition, machining experts will speak every day on fascinating topics such as dynamics in the machining process, iX4.0 production, the iXshop, procurement 4.0, the INDEX CAD-CAM-CNC process chain and both automation solutions and process integration.
Further INDEX experts will be on hand at the get-together in the Technology Lounge to discuss topics such as high-speed whirling, gearing technologies, in-process grinding, and polygon turning. Plant tours and an evening event on Thursday 28thwill round off the event.
Registration for the INDEX Group Open House event in Reichenbach and further information can be found at www.index-werke.de/openhouse.