Friedrichshafen, Germany—"What you definitely need is space." That's the one constant for Wittmann Battenfeld, the Austrian headquartered maker of injection molding machines, automation, and auxiliaries, according to its General Manager Michael Wittmann.
At Fakuma 2012 (Oct. 15-19; Friedrichshafen, Germany) Wittmann laid out the various expansion plans underway at his company to PlasticsToday, including a new automation facility in Feucht, Germany; an expansion of its assembly and warehouse space in Kottingbrun, Austria; and an office, warehouse, and training site in Taichung, Taiwan. All of these projects are forecast to be completed in the first quarter of 2013.
Wittmann said his company was very aggressive in setting its budget for 2012, especially coming off a record year in 2011. At this point, Wittmann Battenfeld is 7% behind its order income from 2011, as of September, but is still on pace for the second best year in its history. "The slowdown has to come," Wittmann said, noting some of the broader economic issues roiling Europe, "but not yet."