Industry News from the Week of 5/28/2018

Combilift Moves Innovation Forward...as Well as in Other Directions

Combilift, the Ireland-based manufacturer of customized material-handling solutions, officially opened its 500,000-sq-ft., $48-million eco-friendly factory in Annahagh, Monaghan. Established by Martin McVicar, managing director, and Robert Moffett, technical director, the privately held company developed its first multidirectional all-wheel drive, IC-engine-powered forklift in 1998. In its first year of operation, Combilift produced 18 units, 17 of which were exported. The company now has more than 40,000 units in operation in 85 countries, with 12,000 units in the United States and Canada. To stay ahead, Combilift spends 7 percent of its yearly revenue on research and development. Speaking during the Combilift facility's official opening this week, McVicar said the company projects 30-percent growth for North America this year, attributing the company's success to mass customization. "Forklift producers that offer customized products generally produce low volume," explained McVicar, "but Combilift is offering the mass production of tailored products, resulting in a strategic advantage for our customers." Set on a 100-acre site with room for expansion, the factory's eco-friendly features include skylights accounting for about 30 percent of the 11 acres of roof, lighting provided through 1100 LED lights with individual passive infrared sensors; solar panels supplying 185 Kw of energy, with a biomass plant fueled by recycled wood (pallets, etc,) to heat the spraying booth and assembly areas; and harvested rain water used throughout the facility. For more, www.combilift.com.

Dallas Industries Announces Record Growth

Dallas Industries, a Troy, MI-based manufacturer of coil-handling, press-feeding equipment and controls for the stamping industry has announced record growth in sales and new-customer acquisition. Without releasing specific numbers, the company reports it achieved a new peak in sales—the highest sales numbers in its 50-plus year history. Additionally, sales have increased more during the first four months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017. Corresponding with this sales increase has been the addition of new customers. To keep up with increasing demand, Dallas has been adding personnel to its sales, engineering, manufacturing and operations departments, while investing in plant renovations and advanced manufacturing along with implementing better process flow and inventory control. According to Willie Chacko, chief executive officer of Dallas Industries, "We are grateful to our customers for the confidence they have placed in us. With the efforts of our dedicated engineering, sales and support staff and our innovative products, including our UnderLoop Spacesaver lines, we are laser-focused on exceeding [customer] expectations. We are pleased with our recent sales results and anticipate continued growth in the coming years." For more, www.dallasindustries.com.

Amada NA to Expand with NC Addition

Amada North America, Inc., the Buena Park, CA-based manufacturer of precision sheetmetal fabricating equipment, has announced plans to invest $87 million in a new facility in High Point, NC, that will create more than 200 jobs as it manufactures and assembles a line of precision press-brake-bending equipment for the United States market. The project's timeline wasn’t announced. "Amada believes success comes from listening to the voice of our customers, and locating our newest facility in this area allows us to be close to our customer base in the Southeast," says Yukihiro Fukui, CEO at Amada North America Inc. The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. were instrumental in supporting the company’s expansion decision. A performance-based grant of $200,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate the Amada facility. "North Carolina has the workforce, infrastructure, sites and business climate that manufacturers need to succeed," says NC Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. "Amada has big plans for this project, and I look forward to working with them as they grow." For more, www.amada.com.

China Welcomes Daimler's 9th Fagor Arrasate Blanking Line

Daimler, the German automotive company, has once again collaborated with Spain's Fagor Arrasate on a dual-servo steel and aluminum blanking line. The line was installed at the Beijing Benz facility in Beijing, China, and placed into full production in January. The 800-ton servo press with Linkdrive 180mm stroke and speeds to 85 strokes/min., combined with Fagor entry and exit equipment, handles steel to 950 N/mm² and series 5000 and 6000 aluminum. The entry-terminal equipment handles 30-metric-ton (33-U.S.-ton) coils. The line is configured with entry coil storage, coil car, movable decoiler, threading table, feed rolls capable of handling dry or oily material, hydraulic crop shear, cleaning brushes, and a Fagor 19 roll cassette corrective leveler. The stacker, a combination magnetic/vacuum, allows for quick changeover between steel and aluminum product. Fagor Arrasate will supply Daimler's 10th dual servo blanking line at its Bremen, Germany, facility later this year. For more, www.fagorarrasate.com.

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