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StarragHeckert's Machine Building factory in Bangalore to be set up by 2012 Print E-mail
Written by Arjun   
Thursday, 20 January 2011
Bangalore: Starrag Heckert Machine tools Pvt Ltd, India, a whole-time subsidiary of Starrag Heckert AG, today formally announced it's plans to set up green field Machine Building factory in Bangalore by 2012 and expand the Technology Center. This is it's first manufacturing base outside Europe.

"The Greenfield manufacturing facility with a Rs. 50 crore investment is coming up in Bangalore at KIADB, Devanahalli Aeropark, which was approved by Karnataka Udyog Mitra during the Global Investor Meet in June 2010," said Walter Borsch, Executive Vice President (Operations). The investment includes land, buildings and equipment infrastructure.

In the next 24 months the company will rollout it's Horizontal Machining Centers-WMW CWK with 400mm to 800mm pallet sizes. In the first phase the company will manufacture upto 60 units per year and in the second phase this would be doubled to 120 units per year.

Starrag Heckert will be initially importing the machines from Germany and subsequently localizing them with optimized features and utilizing the Indian supplychain. The company targets 10 to 15 percent of the 600# potential 4 axis HMC market from sectors such as Trucks, Tractors, Earth Movers, Valves, Machinery.

"We will target 40% localized inputs in value terms for the WMW 4axis horizontal machining centers," said A.N.Chandramouli, Managing Director of Starrag Heckert Machine Tools Pvt Ltd, India. With this there will be a cost reduction of nearly 30 percent. "Very soon we may be contributing to the production of fixtures for the global market from here."

Many of the functional parts of machine tools are still imported from Japan and Germany. The company is expected to initiate talks with it's German supply chain companies to set up shop in India.

There are also long term plans to produce 5-axis machining centers from the new facility.

"When the factory is up, we expect to export 30 percent of our production to the Asian market," he said.

The new facility will employ approximately 200 people. They will be trained through the Swiss Vocational Education and Training Initiative, which has already initiated in collaboration with Swiss-Indian Chamber of Commerce. The company started it's Department of Design and Development this week and the head of R&D joined yesterday.

The machines produced in the new factory will be supported by tooled up solutions from the Tech-center. The Tech-center will ultimately be relocated to the new facility.

"The purpose of this Tech-center is to support Indian customers in Application and Turnkey solutions. Here we will undertake Turnkey Projects which involves Proposal engineering, Application Engineering, Fixture and Tool engineering, Application and Fixture manufacturing for various customers in Transport/Automobile, Power generation equipment, Agriculture equipment & Construction equipment manufacturers," said Chandramouli.

The Tech-center will demonstrate the company’s heavy duty WMW CWK 500.630.800 Horizontal Machining Centers, and other equipments. World class infrastructure from Carl Zeiss (CMM), Zoller (Tool Setting), Stahl (EOT crane), AMF (Hydraulics), Caterpillar (Generator), and Kaiser (Compressor) have been installed in the Tech Center. The capacity and manpower of the techcenter will be doubled in the year 2011/2012.

"WMW is one of our heritage brands globally renowned for longterm accuracy and longterm reliability. We manufacture 4axis compact machining centers of the CWK range HMC under the WMW brand. They have many unique features for High Performance Milling of Ferrous and hard metal using High Torque Gear box spindle technology, going upto 1200 Nm torque using heavy duty tooling for a high MRR ( Metal Removal Rate) of 1800 cc per minute for C45 steel," said Dr Eberhard Schoppe, Managing Director of the Transport & Precision Machine Business Unit.

The brands of StarragHeckert include 5axis STARRAG, 4axis HECKERT, 4axis WMW and Jig Boring (SIP) machines and Adaptive Machining Software (TTL).

StarragHeckert acquires Dörries Scharmann Group

StarragHeckert Holding AG has closed an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of the Dörries Scharmann Technologie GmbH. The purchase price of approx. € 70 mio is being financed by own funds and a bridge loan of the majority shareholder Walter Fust.

Dörries Scharmann Technologie GmbH with headquarters in Mönchengladbach/Germany produces machine tools of the renowned brands Dörries, Droop+Rein, Ecospeed, Scharmann and Berthiez for drilling, turning, milling and grinding of middle sized to very large working pieces.

Both StarragHeckert and Dörries Scharmann serve the same target markets, with fully complementary product ranges. Both of companies have in  the past been focusing on the high quality segment. Main customers worldwide are large financially solid global companies in the fields of aerospace, energy generation, transport and precision mechanical engineering.

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