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StarragHeckert AG inaugurates new Technology Center in Bangalore Print E-mail
Written by Arjun   
Wednesday, 03 November 2010
Bangalore: The Swiss-German precision machine tool major, Starragheckert AG, has set up its first Technology Center in India at the Peenya Industrial Estate in Bangalore.

"We have so far invested Rs 6 Crores in the Techcenter. By next year the total investment in the center would reach Rs 12 crore," said A.N. Chandramouli, Managing Director, StarragHeckert Machine Tools Pvt. Ltd.  StarragHeckert will double the number of employees in India in the next two years. The technology center will soon be followed by a production plant for machine tools.

The company already has a sourcing team in place to identify local sources for various components. "The team is working towards sourcing castings sheet metal and bought out peripherals such as chip conveyors, coolant chillers, hydraulics etc. However critical components like controller, ball screws, linear motion guides, and electrical parts will continue to be sourced from our global trusted suppliers" said Chandramouli. "We will target 40% localized inputs in value terms for the WMW 4axis horizontal machining centers," he added.

To begin with, most of the research will be done in Switzerland and Germany but improvements will be carried out to suit the Indian market by the team here. By 2011 a design and development team will be set up and castings may be redesigned.

The new StarragHeckert Techcenter, will undertake turnkey projects which involve Proposal Engineering, Application Engineering, Fixture & Tool Engineering and Fixture manufacturing for customers in the Automotive, Power generation equipment, Agricultural equipment and Construction equipment manufacturing sectors.

A 4-axis machine, which is made in Germany, has been displayed in this Techcenter. This machine is be mainly used for machining the ferrous parts of Transportation sector including Trucks, Tractors & Earthmovers, Machinery and Valves. Large HMCs are already running successfully at Wind Turbine (Hansen, Winergy) and Truck(Leyland) manufacturers.

"There are many imported and local players well established in Indian market. StarragHeckert targets 10% of the 600+ potential 4 axis HMC market from sectors such as Trucks, Tractors, Earth Movers, Valves, Machinery," hr added.

The Technology Center was commissioned in a record time of four months in the leased premises of one acre with a building of 12000 sq ft. The complete building was renovated, the office was constructed in two floors, and a new shop floor foundation was laid to take the heavy duty WMW CWK Horizontal Machining Center machines made in Germany and other equipment. World class equipment from Carl Zeiss (CMM), Zoller (Tool Setting), Caterpillar (Generator), Kaiser (Compressor), have been installed in the Technology Center. After IMTEX 2011, the technology center will get 2 more WMW HMCs. 

During the inauguration of the technology center, which marked the foundation of StarragHeckert business in the Indian market, Dr. Frank Brinken, President and CEO of the StarragHeckert Group delivered an inspiring presentation about the company heritage, its global position, his vision for the Indian market and future investments. Walter Borsch spoke about his vision for the Indian operations, including the Technology Center, the future expansion of the machine building facility and localizing the supply chain. Gunther Eller delivered a highly innovative address on his mission for Customer Service in India.

Raghupathy BS, Joint Director of Training (ITI), Karnataka, spoke on the importance of vocational training for the machine tool industry in Karnataka. "We have enrolled ourselves in Swiss Vocational Education and Training (VET) where a two year course will be imparted to apprentices handpicked from ITI," said Chandramouli while speaking about the company's human resource development initiatives.

The Chief Guest of the occasion was Srinivas Shirgurkar, Managing Director of ACE Designers, the largest CNC turning center manufacturer of India.

StarragHeckert is actively looking at tapping the opportunities and challenges presented by India's fast growing aerospace and power equipment manufacturing sector. StarragHeckert currently has 40 spindles(18 machines) running in HAL and BHEL for blade milling.

Consequent to the opening of the Technology Center, StarragHeckert Business Unit, Switzerland, conducted a 'Technology Seminar on latest trends in machining solutions for Aerospace and Turbine industry' on 29th October 2010 in Bangalore. The seminar highlighted StarragHeckert's world famous Starrag 5 axis machining centers for turbine blade, blisk and impeller machining, aerospace structure machining and SIP jig boring precise machining solutions. Stefan Knellwolf, Managing Director, StarragHeckert AG said that this is the right time to showcase the machines meant especially for the Aerospace and Turbine sectors. A new launch of Super Precision Machining Center was presented by the MD of SIP, Mr Isoz Jean-Daniel. Over 80 customers attended the 5 hour session on latest machining technology by 4 experts from Switzerland.

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