Munich, Germany - KraussMaffei demonstrated its committed to China by opening a TechCenter for polyurethane technology in Shanghai in July 2009, the company announced 5 Nov.
The company said this well-equipped TechCenter is "staffed by highly-trained specialists," and offers customers wide-ranging support with mould design, assembly and acceptance tests, together with prototyping facilities.
KraussMaffei has had a branch in Shanghai since 2001 and opened a new facility there in 2009 - which includes the TechCenter.
The new Shanghai centre also houses sales and service operations for KraussMaffei's three technology divisions - Injection Moulding Machinery, Extrusion and Reaction Process Machinery.
The group's production plant in Haiyan/Zhejiang Province is within easy reach and the company also has sales and service offices in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong, and in Taiwan.
According to KraussMaffei, "surging demand for personal mobility in China probably outstrips what any country has ever experienced." Strong growth in China's automotive industry is having a strong effect on the whole automotive supply chain, so that most global components suppliers have set up plants in China, generating a need for high-performance plastics processing machinery and intelligent mould technology.
"With our strong local presence, we at KraussMaffei are capable of offering carmakers and component suppliers decisive support from the product development phase onwards," commented Harald Schweitzer, who heads all KraussMaffei activities in China. "With our new TechCenter for reaction process machinery we are strengthening our development and engineering support in the challenging area of automotive interior products," Schweitzer added, in the company statement.
Foaming, routing, scoring - the Techcenter offers comprehensive expertise and a wide range of machinery. And KraussMaffei claims it is not "a mere showroom: it is more like a production centre, where moulds are designed, assembled and acceptance tests run, and where PU prototype parts can be produced."