Michael Traxler Heads Mold Technology Division
Engel Strengthens the Systems Business
Michael Traxler has been appointed Head of Engel’s Mold Technology division. Together with his team, the experienced toolmaker will continue to expand the consulting services internationally to further strengthen the systems business of the injection molding machine manufacturer worldwide.
The share of integrated system solutions in Engel’s order volume is increasing globally. In addition to the injection molding machine, automation and other peripheral devices, the mold is often part of the overall scope. Therefore, an in-house department at Engel’s headquarters in Schwertberg, Austria, has been involved in the project planning of injection molds for more than ten years. The team of experts combines the experience and know-how gained from worldwide projects to develop a mold solution that is precisely tailor-made for the product and the production process in partnership with a mold manufacturer. In addition, ENGEL's mold technology department is contracted as a consultant, for example, when it comes to particularly demanding new product developments or feasibility studies.
Following the retirement of Udo Stahlschmidt, Michael Traxler has been appointed head of this strategically important division. Traxler has more than 30 years of experience in precision tool making and injection molding. He joined Engel in 2015 and previously headed the Packaging business unit in North America.
“We would like to thank Udo Stahlschmidt for his many years of great commitment. With his sound expertise and keen sense of the specific requirements of the markets, he has very well positioned Engel’s mold technology department internationally,” says Dr. Christoph Steger, CSO of the Engel Group. “With Michael Traxler, we are delighted to have found a successor who has already a lot of experience in this area and who will continue the work without skipping a beat. With Mr. Traxler, we will continue to advance the decentralized development of the mold technology know-how”.
The company started this process in China where a new Mold Technology department was established at its Shanghai site. “The project planning of injection molds requires a great deal of coordination and very close cooperation between us as a system solution provider and the plastics processors. That's why it's so important to be on site and speak the native language of our customers,” says Steger.
Strong Partner Network
According to the company, Engel has established a strong worldwide network of system partners, each of whom is also one of the leading providers in their field. Engel’s mold manufacturing partners cover a wide range, from simple molds for standard injection molding to sophisticated high-performance precision molds. In the systems business, Engel suggests the most suitable mold manufacturer for each project and advises the customer on the choice of partner.
Many customers are commissioning Engel as a general contractor for the complete production cell, including the mold. As a general contractor, Engel assumes the overall responsibility, even if other companies are involved in the project. During project planning, commissioning and after-sales, the customer has a central point of contact, which accelerates many projects and offers the customer a higher degree of safety.
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