It has been announced that as part of a structural realignment, KraussMaffei will take over machining operations from Netstal’s site in Näfels, Switzerland, with the latter focusing on finishing and assembly.
The move will reportedly see the Näfels site beome a “centre of excellence” for injection moulding, focusing on developing fast-cycling premium products with short cycle times and high levels of precision for the beverage and packaging industries, medical engineering and high-precision parts sectors.
"In the course of the planned structural realignment, machining and module preassembly will gradually be transferred to sister plants within the KraussMaffei Group in Germany and Slovakia. This will allow growth of the final assembly area at Näfels. At the same time, the Netstal premium brand will expand its core expertise in areas such as research and development, application engineering as well as in sales and service," explained Dr. Hans Ulrich Golz, CEO of Netstal.
The Group says the KraussMaffei PETForm product portfolio will be moved from Munich to Näfels so that all PET-related technology areas will be concentrated in Näfels in future. Netstal’s participation in upcoming tradeshows, drinktec and K 2013, will reportedly reflect this, with machinery and new product launches including the PET-Line 2400 and PET-Line 4000 for beverage bottles and caps and closures.
"Our goal is to strengthen the position of Netstal as a premium brand and to develop the Näfels site in an ever-competitive market environment with intense cost pressure,” said Golz.