TUBE NEWS 2016 May 2016 - Page 10

Innovative products, Satisfied customers König Metall in Gaggenau, Germany achieves its business objectives at its Croatian site with two 400-ton HPX presses from Schuler the perfect solution for König Metall. Thanks to the standardized machine concept, not only do they offer an attractive price/performance ratio, they can also be supplied in just seven to eight months and installed and commissioned at the customer’s site in just a few more weeks. Highly satisfied customers, innovative products, and optimal production processes: these are the objectives set by Hans-Jörg Leuze, Managing Director of König Metall in Gaggenau, Germany. Help achieving these objectives came in the form of two recently acquired hydraulic Schuler HPX presses, each with a press force of 400 tons, at the Croatian site of Pisarovina. With further plants in Germany, Italy, Poland, Canada and Russia, and 950 employees worldwide, König Metall is a global company today which specializes in sheet metal and pipe processing. The company, which was founded in 1901, is being run by the fourth generation. Until 2013, the late Dr. Otmar Zwiebelhofer was the sole owner and manager, former managing director of the Employers’ Association Südwestmetall. “For us, as an automobile supplier, Schuler Presses delivers exactly what we need”, says Hans-Jörg Leuze. “Our customers expect us to develop and manufacture parts of the utmost quality, and to do so, we need appropriate machines.” In 2014, König Metall had founded the facility in Pisarovina, located about 30 kilometers south of Zagreb. As of today, 200 people work at the location which has shown a rapid growth in the last two years; the first production hall was followed by a second one very quickly. The machine park now includes a total of 22 presses, most of which have been delivered by the Schuler Group. Among other things, the two latest Schuler lines produce parts for trucks and exhaust systems for various vehicles. HPX presses are ideal for small and medium batches of components with high forming paths, thereby making them TN MAY 2016 Internet 10