Arburg's Senior Partner Joins the Plastics Hall of Fame
On the eve of the NPE trade fair in Orlando, USA, Eugen Hehl, Senior Partner at Arburg GmbH & Co. KG, Lossburg, Germany, has been inducted into the “Plastics Hall of Fame” for his lifetime achievements. At the gala evening on 22 March 2015, the award was accepted on behalf of Eugen Hehl by Helmut Heinson, Managing Director Sales at Arburg. Together with his brother Karl Hehl, who passed away in 2010, the now 86-year-old Senior Partner made the family-run company, presently managed by the third generation, into a global leader in the manufacture of injection molding machines.
“I feel deeply honoured to be included in the 'Plastics Hall of Fame' and I thank you with all my heart," said Eugen Hehl in his greetings from afar. As he was unable to travel to Florida in person, he prepared a video message, which was played back live as part of the evening's celebrations. The Senior Partner at Arburg explained that his recipe for success was hard work, a high level of commitment, technical sophistication mixed with clever, sometimes astonishingly simple solutions and always a willingness to listen to what his customers wanted.
In his laudatory speech, Jay L. Gardiner, president of the Plastics Academy, reflected on the milestones in Arburg's success story in plastic processing. This began in 1956 with the serial production of injection molding machines with just ten employees. Key milestones were reached e.g. in 1961 with the invention of the Allrounder principle and in 1975 with the first machine worldwide to be equipped with a micro processor controller. Eugen Hehl promoted the sale of this innovative machine technology and the internationalization of the family-run company, which is today represented with fully-owned subsidiaries at 32 locations in 24 countries and employs some 2,400 staff worldwide.
Plastics Hall of Fame
The Plastics Hall of Fame, which is located at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, USA, has been honoring persons who have made significant contributions to the development and growth of the plastics industry since 1972. This award is bestowed every three years during a gala event at the NPE trade fair.
Besides Eugen Hehl, the Plastics Hall of Fame welcomes eight other new members:
- John Beaumont, President of Beaumont Technologies Inc. in Erie, Pa., and one of three founding faculty members of Penn State Erie’s Plastics Technology program.
- Terence J. Browitt, President of SPE in 2001 and founder of Terinex International Ltd. in Quebec, a distributor of resins and color concentrates.
- William Carteaux, President and CEO of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. since 2005.
- Robert DeLong, Vice President of Blasformen Consulting in Kingwood, Texas.
- Edward Hunerberg, Vice President of structural foam technology at Uniloy Milacron.
- Manfred Lupke, president and CEO of Corma Inc.
- Don Norwood invented the slurry loop reactor, used for the polymerization of ethylene and propylene in 1959.
- Maureen Steinwall, president and CEO of Steinwall Inc.
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