By any measure, the technical symposium organized by injection molding technology company Engel (Schwertberg, Austria) at its Corona, CA, showroom on Jan. 13 was a success. More than 100 people attended the event, which included several presentations on such top-of-mind topics as Industry 4.0 and molding innovations in the morning followed by machine demos in the afternoon. Attendees showed keen interest in the topics, as many of them peppered presenters with questions.
Markus Lettau, Western Regional Sales Manager of Engel's North American operations, welcomed attendees with a brief overview of Engel. He emphasized the commitment to innovation of the family-owned company, which is under the leadership of the fourth generation of Engels. The billion-dollar company annually invests €80 million in research and development and €50 million in the company itself, he noted, and the fast lane program is one example of how this benefits customers.