The Krauss-Maffei Corporation, the United States (US) subsidiary of the KraussMaffei Group with headquarters in Florence, Kentucky, celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 18 and 19 with more than 400 customers.
The event showcased a wide range of trendsetting applications with live demonstrations of injection moulding, extrusion and reaction process machinery, including a Netstal injection compression moulding cell and the new ZE 65 Blue Power twin screw extruder.
The open house also featured 50 table top displays highlighting additional technology and service offerings from partners, as well as over 20 educational technical paper presentations covering the latest productivity enhancements for customers.
The company has grown continuously since it was founded in 1966 and has established itself as a leading provider of machinery for plastics and rubber processing in the North American market. It currently represents the three brands: KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Netstal. Following a very successful financial year in 2015, the Krauss-Maffei Corporation expects further growth in 2016.
“We are very proud of what we have achieved and of our success since the company was founded in New York in 1966. With over 200 employees, we are providing support to our customers in all three technologies – injection moulding, reaction process and extrusion technology. The 2015 financial year was very successful for all three brands and we are also expecting great results in 2016,” said Paul Caprio, who has headed Krauss-Maffei Corporation since 2009.
The North American automotive sector is a particularly important growth engine. In lightweight design, for example, customers of the brand KraussMaffei can benefit from ground-breaking solutions for manufacturing fibre-reinforced plastic components based on both thermoset and thermoplastic matrix systems.
Thanks to the wide-ranging expertise in the areas of reaction and injection-moulding technology, KraussMaffei provides technologies and systems from a single source as the leading provider on the market.
Caprio sees a great demand in the logistics/packaging sector, particularly for industrial-size packaging like pallets and large containers. “With our MX series, KraussMaffei has one of the fastest large machines on the market – with clamping forces of up to 55 000 kN. With its filling characteristics that feature a high reproducibility as well as its precise moulding, the MX series provides ideal conditions – especially in the high performance sector,” Caprio said.
Thin-wall packaging sector
The thin-wall packaging sector is also experiencing a very positive development. “In this area, we are very well positioned with the system solutions of the Netstal brand. For example, the new Injection compression moulding technology ensures faster cycle times, lower clamping forces and a material consumption that is reduced by up to 20%,” Caprio stated.
The construction industry and the bulk chemical sector are the Krauss-Maffei Corporation’s third pillar of growth. In these areas, extrusion technology system solutions are particularly in demand, especially for the production of roofing sheets, foamed insulation panels as well as pipes and profiles.
In the field of compounding, the twin-screw extruders of KraussMaffei Berstorff’s new, energy-efficient ZE Blue Power series have impressed many. “With our extensive technical know-how and our many years of experience, we are able to respond quickly and in a custom manner to the most diverse injection moulding, reaction process and extrusion technology requirements. Our customers get complete production solutions consisting of machines and robots that have been tailored perfectly to their needs. In that way, we help them to increase productivity throughout the value-added chain,” Caprio explained.
From pioneer to market leader
The Krauss-Maffei Corporation was founded in New York in 1966. Its market acceptance rose rapidly, beginning in 1977 when the company opened an extrusion systems plant in Wichita, Kansas and accelerated the sale of products on the US market. This included single and twin-screw extruders for machines and systems in pipe extrusion (polyolefin and PVC) and profile extrusion.
In the early 1980s, the company began to sell high-quality injection moulding machines in the US. “In order to be able to grow, we opened a new complex with offices and a production plant in Florence, Kentucky, in 1986. We combined our entire corporate activity regarding injection moulding, reaction process and extrusion technology in one location and have continued to further develop it to this day,” Caprio explained. This proved to be the right step to ensure sustainable growth in the US.
Today, the company, together with its three brands – KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Netstal – has assumed a leading market position. Caprio is confident about 2016: “The order situation for all brands is very good. We will once again introduce new products and solutions to the US market. Our customers can also look forward to many new innovations from all brands at K 2016.”