HRSflow Opens Production Plant in the U.S.
On September 23 this year, Italian hot runner specialist HRSflow officially put on stream its new US production facility in Byron Center near Grand Rapids, Michigan.
More than 200 guests, the majority of them plastics processors and suppliers to the North American automobile manufacturers, took up the invitation to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony with presentations, technology demonstrations and a visit to the production plant. One item that attracted a great deal of interest was the live of the new FLEXflow technology developed by HRSflow, a servo-driven, finely regulated valve gate system. Especially with large-sized parts as are used in the automotive industry for interior and exterior applications, the process allows significant improvements in surface quality plus a reduction in clamping force and part weight.
With its site at Byron Center, HRSflow now also has a local production plant on the American continent. With a usable floor space of around 3,700 m², the site has separate areas for the production and assembly of the hot runner systems, a goods warehouse, a room for routine quality control, offices, and other rooms for the social infrastructure. INglass S.p.A., the parent company of the Group, has invested over EUR 15m in this project for the real estate, buildings and machinery.
During the opening ceremony Maurizio Bazzo, President and CEO of INglass-HRSflow, said: "At all our plants we have the same machines and equipment, and all the processes for planning, construction and production of our hot runners are identical. By doing this we ensure that we can offer our customers the same high product quality with absolute reliability on all three continents." HRSflow produces hot runner systems at its European headquarters in San Polo di Piave, Italy, and in Asia at its plant in Hangzhou, China. The Byron Center facility will in future serve primarily the U.S. and Canadian markets as well as Central and South America. In these regions, HRSflow already has sales and service structures in place to support them.
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