June 2016 – Kottingbrunn, Austria
40th Anniversary of the WITTMANN Group
40th Anniversary of the WITTMANN Group a Complete Success
On June 8th and 9th, the WITTMANN Group celebrated its 40th anniversary in Hall D of the Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center in Vienna, Austria. Some 1,650 customers and business partners accepted the invitation and witnessed the expertise of the WITTMANN Group first hand during this two-day event.
The history of the WITTMANN Group began with the foundation of WITTMANN Kunststoffgeräte GmbH in Vienna in 1976. The first product manufactured there was the WITTMANN flow regulator developed by Dr. Werner Wittmann. Right from the start, the WITTMANN Group was premised on the idea of continuous innovation to achieve the greatest possible benefit for the customer, and that remains true to this day.
On June 8th and 9th, 2016, WITTMANN welcomed 1,650 guests to Hall D of the Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center: They came to celebrate with WITTMANN and to get an overview of the current product range – including a large number of innovations presented there for the first time.
The event was kicked off with a keynote address entitled “Plastics, Key Driver for Sustainability” by Dr. Rüdiger Baunemann, General Director of PlasticsEurope Deutschland e.V. This was followed by an impressive show, which set the stage for the subsequent product presentations. Innovations on display included injection molding machines from WITTMANN BATTENFELD’s PowerSeries in a variety of sizes and for all types of products. One of the highlights was the premiere of the new UNILOG B8 control system. But the list of brand new products also included a MicroPower in a multi-component configuration and the first-time use of the structured foam process CELLMOULD® on a servo-hydraulic SmartPower. With regard to automation and peripheral equipment, WITTMANN presented a large number of new solutions from every area: For example, the compact WL80 robot – a totally new product with a 2 kg payload. Another premiere was the redesigned large series W853 robot, which is now available in the pro configuration. The W863 pro robot model with a payload of 75 kg is a new addition which fills the gap between the W853 pro and the W873 with 50 kg with 100 kg payload, respectively. Further highlights included the directly cooled temperature controller TEMPRO plus D120/1-L and the model G-Max 12 granulator – the first remote-controlled plastic granulator on the market. And of course the networking of injection molding machines with robots and peripheral equipment –referred to as WITTMANN 4.0 – was also presented.
Visitors also took full advantage of the opportunity to attend the professional lectures offered in multiple languages. The presentations covered an extremely wide range of topics, especially questions concerning equipment and processes of particular interest to plastics processors, such as recycling, optimized automation systems, special injection molding techniques, and the networking of production equipment.
On the evening of June 8th, WITTMANN invited its guests to a gala dinner in the Orangery of Schönbrunn Castle, where the high-profile visitors gathered around the many tables to discuss the wide variety things they had experienced throughout the course of the day.
On both days, the guests also had the opportunity to visit the WITTMANN production facilities in Vienna, Wolkersdorf, Kottingbrunn and Hungary.
Fig. 1: Guests from all over the world were welcomed by Dr. Werner Wittmann together with his sons Michael (pictured on the left) and Thomas
Fig. 2a through d: Presentation of equipment on display at the Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center
Fig. 3: Pyrotechnic effects created a spectacular ambiance during the opening show
Fig. 4: The light figure Dundu, known from major television shows, enchanted the visitors
Fig. 5a, 5b: Reception and gala dinner in the Orangery at Schönbrunn Castle
The WITTMANN Group
The WITTMANN Group is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of injection molding machines, robots and peripheral equipment for the plastics industry. Headquartered in Vienna/Austria, the WITTMANN Group consists of two main divisions, WITTMANN BATTENFELD and WITTMANN, which operate 9 production facilities in 6 countries, including 32 direct subsidiary offices located in all major plastics markets around the world.
WITTMANN BATTENFELD focuses on independent market growth in the manufacturing of state-of-the art injection molding machines and process technology, providing a modern and comprehensive range of machinery in a modular design that meets the actual and future requirements of the plastic injection molding market.
WITTMANN’s product range includes robots and automation systems, material handling systems, dryers, gravimetric and volumetric blenders, granulators, mold temperature controllers and chillers. With this comprehensive range of peripheral equipment, WITTMANN can provide plastics processors with solutions that cover all production requirements, ranging from autonomous work cells to integrated plant-wide systems.
The syndication of the WITTMANN Group has led to connectivity between all product lines, providing the advantage plastics processors have been looking for in terms of a seamless integration of injection molding machines, automation and auxiliary equipment – all occurring at a progressive rate.
WITTMANN BATTENFELD GmbH
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