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Sepro capitalizing on automation trends
SEPRO ROBOTIQUE GMBH
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We have
been
really growing
this year. ...
More and more
customers are
trusting us in
this fi eld. "
Charles de Forges
Sepro Group
A new Sepro robot
at Fakuma 2023 in
Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Plastics News photos by
Caroline Seidel
it. I think it's a natural
move from the market, "
he said.
" We have been really
growing this year.
... More and more
customers are trusting
us in this fi eld, " de
Forges said. " That's
really changing the
way we are going to
the business.
" The reaction of the
customers and the
market is really positive, "
he added.
Sepro is benefi ting
" That part is a change.
" What we do is we listen to the
customers; we listen to the market, "
he said.
Along with realizing new maBy
Jim Johnson
Plastics News Staff
Sepro Group's push to become
an automation provider has
served the company well during
the recent downturn in plastic
molding machinery sales.
The La Roche-Sur-Yon, Francebased
company has been pivoting
to become more than just a robot
maker for years, but it's only been
in the last year that Sepro started
truly marketing itself as an automation
company.
It's a move that's paid off with
the downturn in the sales of plastic
molding machines that's hit
the entire industry, CEO Charles
de Forges said Oct. 18 in an interview
at Fakuma following a company
news conference.
Sepro has seen a drop-off in
the sales of robots as molding
machine makers have sold fewer
units this year. When fewer new
molding machines are sold and
built, fewer orders for robots to
help those machines come in.
It's an easy line to draw between
cause and effect. But the company
is receiving a boost to offset
that downturn through the sale
of automation systems that go
beyond just robots, company offi
cials said during a presentation
at Fakuma.
" What automation means is
the robot is just a component in
our automation cell, " said Dirk
Schröder, CEO of the company's
division in Germany, Sepro Robotique
GmbH.
Sepro has been adding to its automation
offerings for years but
decided to fully embrace the new
approach about a year ago.
" It's not something new, but we
want to bring that to the next level, "
de Forges said. The company,
during the past year, has been
able to win both more and larger
automation projects, many worth
more than a million euros each.
chinery sales are down, the company
said there is a " good level
of maturity " in the global robot
business when it comes to providing
that equipment to existing
machines. But, at the same time,
molding customers also are now
looking to bring back production
from Asia to both the United
States and Europe.
" To do so, they need to compete
with low-cost countries, and
to do that, they need to automate, "
de Forges said. " Automate,
automate, automate. "
Those reshoring customers are
pushing Sepro, which has provided
them with robots in the past,
to come up with new solutions
to help them compete with lower-cost
producers overseas.
" It's just a push from the market.
And that's fi ne with us because
we have all the skills to do
from a wider push toward automation
in the plastics industry due
to a number of factors, Schröder
said, including a lack of employees
willing to work on the shop fl oor.
" Prices are going down, so everybody
is forced to automate.
You need to automate because
you don't have the people, and
the prices on the market, the competition,
is coming from Asia with
low labor costs. In order to compensate,
the only way to do that is
automation, " Schröder said.
Another factor is that many
parts, from both quality and functionality,
you can no longer do by
hand, especially in the automotive
market, he said.
To help build up the company's
automation offerings, Sepro
recently purchased a majority
stake in Garbe Automatisme of
Izernore, France, a maker automation
systems for injection
molders serving a wide variety of
industries, including automotive,
medical, packaging and household
appliances.
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What
automation
means is the
robot is just a
component in our
automation cell. "
Dirk Schröder
Sepro Robotique GmbH
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