(Munich, October 26, 2012) The KraussMaffei Group looks back on a very successful Fakuma 2012. Both the visitor figures and the trade fair orders increased considerably in comparison to the previous year. In particular, the visitors and customers seemed impressed by the premium quality of the machines and the powerful applications for efficient production processes.
Big demand for premium quality machine technology
The feedback to the GX series from KraussMaffei, which was showcased for the first time at a trade fair, was particularly positive. The GX 450-3000 produced a so-called telephone cradle for an automotive interior using CellForm technology with physical foams (MuCell). "Fakuma confirmed its successful introduction. "Furthermore, the worldwide demand and the sales figures to date exceed our expectations", said Frank Peters, Vice President Sales at KraussMaffei. KraussMaffei also showed potential for more efficient processes and production flows, which offer plastics with their options for function integration. The 3-K process with metal injection molding on a CX 160-750 machine was a visitor magnet. "This technology shows very clearly what potential lies in combined processes for the production efficiency and design of plastic parts with integrated functions", states Peters, "We are delighted with the very high influx of customers at Fakuma. This is why Fakuma is and remains one of the most important trade fairs for us".
Stare-of-the-art hybrid technology from Netstal
For the first time Netstal showcased the new ELION 3200 at a trade fair. Using a complete system for the manufacture of thin-walled lids for cream cheese packaging, customers and visitors were shown a prime example of maximum production efficiency. The innovative hybrid drive concept and the new drive unit Eco-Powerunit for a noticeable improvement in energy efficiency were rated positively. "We were able to significantly increase the number of orders and conducted high-quality customer discussions. We are very satisfied", states Dr. Hans Ulrich Golz, President, Injection Molding Machinery.
Increased demand for extrusion systems
Also KraussMaffei Berstorff looks back on an extremely positive Fakuma. "Our expectations were well exceeded; we were also able to welcome many visitors from neighboring countries and Eastern European states", says Dr. Jens Liebhold, Business Unit Manager at KraussMaffei Berstorff. Very specific requests were received for pipe extrusion, where the trend for complex system solutions and complete systems for the production of peroxide crosslinking hot water pipes or polyurethane-insulated pipes or the extrusion of large pipes for example remains unbroken.
Detailed requests were also received for the areas of film and foam extrusion, and high-fill and glass fiber reinforced compounds; some products should already be realized within the next six months.
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