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FAKUMA SHOW DAILY
People gathering in front
of a new Arburg Machine
at Fakuma 2023 in
Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Plastics News photo by Caroline Seidel
ARBURG GMBH
+ CO. KG
Hall A3,
Booth 3101
Arburg sales down 125M
euros but mood still up
By Catherine Kavanaugh
Plastics News Staff
The brisk sales of injection
molding machines driven by the
medical needs of the pandemic
and locked-down consumers
shopping online started waning
in 2022 and continue to slide.
Machine sales are down not
only in comparison with the phenomenal
years of 2021 and 2022
but also because high energy
prices are reducing the appetite
for investments, according to
Gerhard Böhm, managing director
of sales and after sales for
Arburg GmbH + Co. KG.
Capital expenditures
have
been limited to new projects
starting up and essential capacity
expansions, sending incoming
orders into further decline.
" Currently, these are at a low
level. Unfortunately, no clear,
short-term improvement of the
situation is in sight yet, " Jürgen
Boll, managing director of
fi nance, controlling and IT, said
during a news conference at Fakuma
2023.
Boll said the 100-year-old company
generated " really magnifi -
cent " sales of 875 million euros
in 2022, but this year he expects
a decrease to 750 million euros.
The Lossburg, Germany-based
machine builder isn't alone.
" At the moment, we are facing
a challenging situation due to the
signifi cant decline in incoming
orders - like all other companies
in the industry, " Boll said.
Sales are down in Germany,
where " people are always particularly
cautious, " and the rest of Europe
except for Italy, Poland and
Turkey, which are somewhat " better
off " in comparison, Böhm said.
The Asian market also is weak
and even the " previously very stable
U.S. market " dipped in 2023.
" It also seems that at least a
small recovery is in sight there, "
Böhm said of the U.S. market.
For now, Arburg sales have
fallen off " quite similarly " across
all regions.
" Europe doesn't stand out as
worse than other regions, " he said.
Other industries also are affected,
Böhm added. The mobility
industry and automotive
industry are in a state of fl ux.
The electronics and packaging
industries are noticing a drop in
demand from the consumer sector,
and the medical market has
quieted down.
Despite the sales decline, Arburg
has been investing in technology,
facilities and personnel
in what Boll described as " a
counter-cyclical and future-oriented
manner. "
In 2023, Arburg added welding
robots, a large-scale 3D measuring
machine and 3D scanner, fi ve
new machining centers, a driverless
transport system and hundreds
of employees.
Arburg has some 3,800 employees,
which is about 6 percent
more than a year ago.
During the slowdown, some
staff are using time off and others
are doing short work. Their
hours will be increased proportionally
to sales.
" Arburg would not be Arburg if
we were not looking ahead positively
to the future despite the
diffi cult environment, " Boll said.
The centennial
celebration
Fakuma 2023 marks a quiet end
to a year of celebrating the 100th
From left: Gerhard Böhm, Jürgen Boll, Michael Hehl and
Guido Frohnhaus at the Arburg press conference during
Fakuma 2023.
Plastics News photo by Catherine Kavanaugh
anniversary of Hehl family ownership.
Anniversary events " assumed
extraordinary dimensions, " said
Michael Hehl, a managing partner,
and it raised some questions.
" On occasion we have been
asked whether this fi ts in with
our oft-quoted premise of 'substance
over style' and proverbial
Swabian thrift, " Hehl said. " The
answer is quite simple: Swabian
thrift is not to be confused with
stinginess. Rather, it is about
economical,
responsible
and
sensible use of resources. Above
all, we also wanted to issue a
clear signal of the high esteem in
which we hold customers, partners
and employees of the worldwide
Arburg family. And I think
we have succeeded in doing that
quite well. "
The milestones reached over
the last 100 years show Arburg
continues to face and solve challenges.
" This extraordinary ability
to fi nd solutions is therefore part
of our company's DNA, " Hehl said.
Next generation
in line
Looking ahead, Arburg shall
remain an independent, family-owned
business, and company
offi cials are setting that course.
" In the future, there will be an
advisory board consisting of members
of the partner families and external
members, " Hehl said. " Needless
to say, partners shall continue
to play an active role as managing
partners in the executive management
of this company. "
This board is currently in its
formative stages. Managing Partner
Renate Keinath is leaving,
and other partners will remain
while the next generation prepares
to take over.
" They seem to be willing to follow
after us, " Hehl said, adding
the advisory board will be the
body that makes fi nal decisions.
" In this way, we will continue to
be a strong and reliable partner
for the next 100 years, " Hehl said.
Allrounder
series grows
Arburg introduced its second
size of the hybrid Allrounder, a
520-ton press, at Fakuma 2023,
taking an important step forward,
according to Guido Frohnhaus,
managing director of technology
and engineering.
" Anyone who assumes that Arburg
is making 'hybrid' because
we can't do 'electric' is barking
up the wrong tree, " he said.
" With our hybrid technology,
customers have the opportunity
- and, if I may add, a chance
that is currently unique on the
market as far as we know - of
buying a premium machine that
combines the advantages of
both drive technologies. "
Electrical precision and energy
effi ciency plus hydraulic dynamics
result in a favorable price,
Frohnhaus added.
" Ultimately, the new hybrid
machines signifi cantly reduce
acquisition and operating costs
and the carbon footprint, " Frohnhaus
said, noting there are 11 Allrounders
at Fakuma 2023.

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