Strong business conditions are spurring expansions at Wittman Battenfeld, including a major new automation plant in Europe, company officials said during a press conference held on the third day of NPE2012 (Orlando, FL, April 1-5). The company's booth at the show whirred with exhibits of integrated molding cells and next-generation auxiliary equipment, but the show-stopper was a fast-paced game of robots playing basketball at speeds that would have even impressed the newly crowned NCAA champions.
Company officials project a global sales increase this year of 5% and a 15% growth rate in the United States, which represents about 22% of the company's total revenues.
CEO Georg Tinschert said that Wittman Battenfeld will build an automation factory in Nuernberg, Germany. "The current plant is too small so we are building a complete new building," he told reporters. Construction is starting in May and will be completed by the end of the year. The new plant will be about 50,000 square feet, and will include a training and demonstration area....