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Sumitomo Demag will focus its Wiehe plant, in Thuringia, eastern Germany, on its electric machine range as part of a strategic initiative that sees the group investing €50m in its two German sites.
Wiehe, which up to now has made both hydraulic and electric machines of up to 210 tonne clamp force, will in future produce both the new IntElect machine as well as the Japanese SE range.
“Focusing our traditional manufacturing base at Wiehe on all electric injection moulding machines will help us be prepared for the revival of demand that will follow the current market crisis,” says Tetsuya Okamura, spokesperson for the management. “The benefits of the precision, productivity and energy efficiency of electric injection moulding machines appeal to our customers and the polymer processing community more than ever.”
The decision to invest in the Wiehe and Schwaig plants, taken despite the current market crisis, reflects Sumitomo Heavy Industries’ determination to maintain and strengthen both of the Demag plants in Germany, he added.
Wiehe was regarded as the most modern of the three injection moulding machine plants in the former East Germany when it was acquired by Mannesmann Demag in 1990. Following the deal, significant investment was ploughed into the facility to give it some of the industry’s most advanced automated machine making techniques for the Ergotech range.