Schmalz targets growth with new subsidiary

To support continued growth within the UK market for vacuum automation and ergonomic handling systems, Schmalz has launched a new UK subsidiary, which will not only service the company’s existing customer base, but allow expansion into new and emerging markets. The third-generation family business, founded in 1910 currently has around 1500 employees across 20 separate locations around the world.

Schmalz products are used across a diverse range of industry sectors and applications including logistics, the automotive industry, the electronics sector and in furniture manufacture. The vacuum automation business unit offers a component portfolio targeted at the robotics and automation sectors, which includes suction pads, vacuum generators, complete gripping systems and clamping solutions for holding workpieces. The handling business unit provides innovative solutions for industry based on the company’s vacuum lifters and crane systems.

Says UK managing director Marc Booth: “The UK market holds terrific growth potential for Schmalz, not only within our established markets and customer base, but in new and emerging markets. Our portfolio is exciting, providing bespoke robot end-of-arm tooling to solutions for handling wind turbine blades. Once you add the domain expertise and engineering excellence to the products then Schmalz has the ability to provide UK industry with real added value.”

The UK subsidiary, currently operating from offices close to Manchester Airport, will soon relocate to new larger premises with workshop and stores facilities, in addition to sales, marketing, customer support and administration.

“This is an exciting time for Schmalz and a positive commitment to the UK market at a time when there is a significant drive across many sectors to adopt automation and improve productivity wherever possible by enhancing manual processes,” says Booth.

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