At the end of 2013, Sepro Robotique celebrated its most successful year ever, selling 1650 robots and sprue pickers to customers around the world, which is about 26% more than in 2012. Jean-Michel Renaudeau, CEO of Sepro, La Roche sur Yon, France, acknowledged in a news release the overall strength of the global plastics market, but noted that several other important factors played into his company's success this year.
"Over the last five years," Renaudeau said, "we have invested heavily in the development of new robot technology, expanding our presence in key global markets, and building strong partnerships with automation specialists and injection-molding machine manufacturers. Our product line is almost completely new in the last three years and now includes new 3-, 5- and 6-axis robots as well as specialty robots for in-mold labeling, two-material molding and three-plate molds. Our Touch and Visual control systems are also evolving so that customers can have the same easy-to-use platform whether they need the simplest 3-axis functionality or complex multi-axis capabilities inside and outside the molding area."