Mould manufacturer Roth Werkzeugbau has made a foray into the packaging market, supported by KraussMaffei and Netstal.
The new development was marked by an inaugural 'Roth Packaging Day’, held 23 May at the company's testing centre in Auma-Weidatal, Roth announced 13 June.
"Since the founding of the company shortly after German reunification we have flourished in the automotive sector, which up to now has been the major source of our sales," said Marco Roth, CEO of Roth Werkzeugbau.
According to Roth, the company has been "taking an intensive look" at the packaging moulds market for the past four years and has implemented initial projects in that area.
"But we have now gained enough experience to enter the market officially. This is the start of a new era for our company," Roth added.
The company expects to generate 50% of its sales from the packaging sector within the next 5-10 years.
According to Roth, the newly built testing centre equipped with Kraussmaffei and Netstal machinery will be playing a major role in the implementation of the packaging strategy.
"Today, customers expect more from us than just moulds: we support them in making their injection moulding processes more efficient. Our longstanding partnership with the KraussMaffei Group is a significant factor in this respect," explained Roth.
The basic machine park comprises four KraussMaffei CX and MX injection moulding machines covering clamping forces of between 110 and 1,300 tonnes.
All of the machines are equipped for 3K applications and with 6-axis KraussMaffei robotics. The systems are used for the qualification of moulds for automotive applications and thick-walled packaging products, especially reusable and logistics containers.
Packaging Day at the Roth testing centre also represented a "mini-milestone" for the KraussMaffei Group, said the Roth news release.
"With our two brands KraussMaffei and Netstal, we are the only injection moulding machine provider worldwide that covers the entire spectrum of packaging applications with highly efficient solutions for each specific product," said Klaus Zeiler, head of global business development at KraussMaffei.