The new SmartPower 350, launched at Fakuma 2015
Wittmann Battenfeld has introduced what it describes as its “highlight of Fakuma”, with the launch to market of the final machine model in its SmartPower series.
After the SmartPower machine with up to 120 tonnes of clamping force was introduced at Fakuma 2014, this year’s show sees the addition of the larger sizes of 160 – 350 tonnes.
“Sometimes companies wait until K Show to launch their biggest developments, this is not the case for us, we have been continually developing and have new products to launch here today,” said Michael Wittmann at the show.
Explaining, George Tinschert, Director of the Wittmann Battenfeld plant in Kottingbrunn, Austria, said that a major advantage of the new SmartPower series is the a servo hydraulic drive as standard, meaning low energy consumption.
“The SmartPower is equipped as standard with an extremely energy-efficient, innovative servo-hydraulic drive, which stands out by its high dynamism and low noise level,” Tinschert continued.
In addition to the increase in clamping force, the diagonal distance between tie-bars has also been increased. The SmartPower 350 is said to offer generous mould fixing dimensions of 800 x 720 mm distance between tie-bars, combined with an extremely compact footprint of the machine.
On the SmartPower 350/2250 being exhibited at the Wittmann Battenfeld stand, an ‘organic sheet’ component is being produced with a single-cavity mould.
Also at the show, the company is demonstrating medical technology competence, with an EcoPower 110/350 equipped for clean room applications. It is also displaing micro moulding, multi-component technology and integration via its ‘Wittmann 4.0’ platform.
The company said overall sales results were “very pleasing” and that it expects “a record sales figure” for 2015.
In 2014, the group achieved 306 million euros in total sales worldwide. “So far, an increase in order intake of some 15 percent compared to the same period of the previous year has been recorded. In Europe, the increase in demand has been particularly strong in Germany and Italy, as well as the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Romania. Significant growth has also occurred in the USA and Mexico, and in Taiwan,” commented Wittmann.
Based on the overall development for the group globally, the Wittmann currently expects to reach 340 million Euros in sales for 2015, which would amount to an increase of some 11 percent over the previous year – which exceeds the original target for 2015.