Trumpf Opens Smart Factory in Chicago
Machine tool manufacturer Trumpf GmbH + Co. KG. Ditzingen, Germany, has opened a new technology center in Chicago, IL/USA. It is the first smart factory for Industry 4.0 solutions that was designed for digitally connected production processes throughout.
Investments for the facility, which covers more than 50,000 square feet, totaled 13 million euros in construction investment and 13 million euros in equipment investment. This smart factory will focus on consulting and training its customers as they introduce digitally connected production solutions. To this end, the company designed a factory that intelligently connects the entire sheet metal process chain – from the initial order for a sheet metal component to its design, manufacture and delivery.
Trumpf increased its sales in the American market by 14 percent in the past fiscal year, to 421 million euros – making the U.S. the company’s second-largest market after Germany. The company plans to continue expanding in this market over the long term. Opening the smart factory in Chicago was a key milestone in this endeavor. In this regard, Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, Chief Executive Officer of the Trumpf Group, warned against protectionist tendencies: “Our industry needs free markets like people need air to breathe. Free and fair trade as well as the exchange of specialists and talented individuals are the only way to improve the standard of living for all people – whether in the U.S., in Germany or elsewhere in the world."
Trumpf Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH
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