05.12.2013

Faster series readiness

MANN+HUMMEL invests in technical center at Ludwigsburg.


front: Alfred Weber (Chairman of the Management Board), Thomas Fischer (Chairman of the Supervisory Board), Dr. Holger Findeisen (Director Injection Molding & Welding Lead Team), f.l.t.r. (all MANN+HUMMEL GmbH) at the inauguration ceremony of the technical center. A state-of-the-art, fully electric injection molding machine is the centerpiece of the new MANN+HUMMEL technical center.

Ludwigsburg, 5 December 2013 – The development of new products is only the first step – companies only benefit if series production is implemented quickly and at a high level of quality. In order to speed up the transition from development to series production, MANN+HUMMEL has created a technical center for the injection molding and welding of plastic parts in Ludwigsburg.

In the chemical and plastics-processing industry, the technical center represents the interface between development and series production. The core facilities at the MANN+HUMMEL technical center include two state-of-the-art, fully electric injection molding machines and a hot gas welding machine, as well as extensive peripherals. For the first time, the company now has machines of this kind at its disposal, which are not permanently integrated in running production.

Greater independence from suppliers
The technical center thus enables the filtration specialist to produce sample parts of new, technically sophisticated components in-house, with care, precision and in a time-saving manner. Moreover, new production processes and methods can be tested and optimized at the technical center before they are introduced into series production at Ludwigsburg or other locations around the world. The technical center will also be used for the training of non-production employees. However, development and quality engineers will benefit most from the facilities offered by the technical center.

Cornerstone for enhancing our competitiveness
"With the technical center, we have established an important prerequisite for meeting the increasing demands in terms of time to-market, production tolerances and process control in the injection molding and welding of plastics," says Dr. Holger Findeisen, Director Injection Molding & Welding Lead Team at MANN+HUMMEL. "With the technical center, we are furthering our technological expertise at the Ludwigsburg location." In April, MANN+HUMMEL announced plans to convert the Ludwigsburg headquarters into a modern technology center and invest some 30 million euros in the town. The technical center is seen as an important step in this undertaking.
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Press image: front: Alfred Weber (Chairman of the Management Board), Thomas Fischer (Chairman of the Supervisory Board), Dr. Holger Findeisen (Director Injection Molding & Welding Lead Team), f.l.t.r. (all MANN+HUMMEL GmbH) at the inauguration ceremony of the technical center. A state-of-the-art, fully electric injection molding machine is the centerpiece of the new MANN+HUMMEL technical center.

Press contact:
Miriam Teige
Tel.: +49 (0) 7141 98-2583
E-mail: miriam.teige@mann-hummel.com

About MANN+HUMMEL
The MANN+HUMMEL Group is a leading global expert for filtration solutions and development partner and original equipment supplier to the international automotive and mechanical engineering industries. Employing 14,575 people at more than 50 locations worldwide, the company achieved turnover of about 2.6 billion euros in 2012. The group’s product portfolio includes air filter systems, intake manifold systems, liquid filter systems, cabin filters and plastic sound components (known as 'symposers'), as well as filter elements for vehicle servicing and repair. For general engineering, process engineering and industrial manufacturing sectors the company’s product range includes industrial filters, a series of products to reduce carbon emission levels in diesel engines, membrane filters for water filtration and filter systems.