KraussMaffei is unveiling a new, electric, energy-efficient injection moulding machine range - the AX - and setting new standards for sustainable production systems. The new machine range of KraussMaffei, the world's largest selling supplier of machinery for plastics and rubber processing promises to sharply reduce energy consumption - in some cases by up to 75%. Designed as an entry-level electric machine for a wide range of standard applications, the AX is a new departure for the company which has made a name for itself with customized, high-end solutions in the field of electrical machines. Simultaneously with launching the new machine, KraussMaffei announced that sales and orders for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008 will set new records.
According to a senior authority at the firm, KraussMaffei's new AX series is offering energy-efficient electric standard machines at the lower end of the clamp force range having an attractive cost-performance ratio. The new electric AX series was developed in a cooperation with Toshiba Machine, the Japanese top machine manufacturer. The new electric AX series is an ideal combination of Toshiba Machine's well renowned electro-mechanical components and state-of-the-art KraussMaffei's drive package and engineering know-how. An impressive number of engineering detail solutions have made the AX a lean energy machine, with power consumption reduced by over 50% - and in individual cases by 60% and more - compared with an equivalent hydraulic machine. The AX integrates seamlessly in KraussMaffei's product portfolio extending flexibility and operator friendliness.
With the rising market share of the electric injection molding machines in Europe and America, KraussMaffei's AX series promises to be the forerunners in the capturing the markets. The integrated robot and special housing design makes the new AX machine hold around 25% less space than the conventional machine and rounds out the existing injection moulding machine offering - the hydraulic CX with multiple configuration options and the EX.
In the current fiscal year, the KraussMaffei Group will see sales pass the one billion euro mark for the first time. Orders have risen to well over a billion euros. This continues the strong growth achieved in the prior year, when sales grew by 4.9% and orders by 8.4%. The company will announce final results for fiscal 2007/2008 at a press conference during the FAKUMA in mid-October.