Sepro Announces Record Numbers
At the end of 2015, and for the third year in a row, Sepro Group, La Roche sur Yon, France, will celebrate record sales. Bookings through mid-October have already exceeded the total recorded in 2014, which was EUR 79.2 million and the company anticipates it will surpass that number by at least 13%, exceeding EUR 90 million.
Since the depths of the Economic Crisis in 2009, Sepro’s turnover has increased almost 250%. This remarkable record of success is the result of a major commitment to research and development, and to business and technology partnerships. Virtually every product the company sells today has been developed or redesigned in the last seven years. Sepro has invested heavily in expanding operations in the United States and Germany, its two largest markets outside France, while also building its base in developing markets like Brazil and China. A new daughter company will open in Canada in 2016.
Jean-Michel Renaudeau, CEO of Sepro, attributes the company’s remarkable growth to its on-going commitment to collaboration. As an example of collaboration with technology partners, Renaudeau points to his company’s work with Stäubli Robotics that led to development of all-servo wrist that adds two additional axes of servo motion to the proven 3-axis Cartesian platform to create a 5-axis robot with exceptional flexibility. Sepro added its proprietary Visual 3 control to a Stäubli 6-axis articulated-arm robot so users could program the robot with the Cartesian coordinates that molders are familiar with. Sepro also has partnership agreements with seven different injection-molding-machine manufacturers, allowing those companies to offer their customers a complete automation package that includes the molding machine and the robot.
Sepro Group was one of the first companies in the world to develop Cartesian beam robots for injection-molding machines, introducing its first CNC controlled “manipulator” in 1981. Today, Sepro is one of the largest independent sellers of Cartesian robots. Customers around the world are supported by wholly-owned daughter companies in Germany, Spain, Benelux, the United Kingdom, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and China. Numerous direct sales and service offices as well as independent business partners, distributors and service hubs extend Sepro’s global network to over 40 other countries. To date, Sepro has equipped more than 30,000 injection-molding machines worldwide.
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