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The plastics industry in North America is on the rise. The US, Canada, and Mexico are among the currently most important sales regions for ENGEL. We expect that the NPE will provide an additional boost to this trend, stated Dr. Stefan Engleder, CEO of the ENGEL Group.
"The plastics industry in North America is on the rise. The US, Canada, and Mexico are among the currently most important sales regions for ENGEL. We expect that the NPE will provide an additional boost to this trend", stated Dr. Stefan Engleder, CEO of the ENGEL Group.

Along with Canada and Mexico, the US is one of the most important sales regions for ENGEL, and South America is also on the rise.

"We expect that the NPE will provide an additional boost to the growth trend", state
d Dr. Stefan Engleder, CEO of the ENGEL Group, at the beginning of the show in Orlando, Florida.

In the recently completed 2017/18 financial year, the ENGEL Group achieved more than a quarter of its worldwide sales in the American markets. As compared to the previous year, group sales have increased by 11%, to US$1.84 billion (‎€1.51 billion).

North America: New technologies for increased competitiveness

In North America, high consumer confidence and the trend back towards domestic production are having a positive effect on the plastics industry.

The customers invest in the modernization of their machine inventory and in new technologies that provide them with a competitive edge, according to Mark Sankovitch, President of ENGEL Machinery Inc., based in York, PA. The focus is on increased efficiency and cost-effectiveness of production processes, and on higher product quality.

Business Unit structure provides supports in America

The ENGEL sales and service subsidiary is located in York/PA (USA).
The
Business Unit structure has been continuously increasing its local industry expertise with its dedicated Business Unit managers in America since three years ago.

"The feedback from our customers is very good, and recent successes confirm that we are on the right track", said Dr. Christoph Steger, CSO of the ENGEL Group. "Thanks to the Business Units in America, we can also respond to the requirements and requests of our customers in the various industries even faster, and can provide them with even more targeted support in meeting their very individual challenges."

Innovative technologies for electro-mobility and autonomous driving

Among the various industries, automotive is the strongest growth driver in North America, and will probably remain so. Electro-mobility and autonomous driving are posing new challenges for the industry, which can only be solved with the intelligent use of plastic-based materials and innovative production processes, as stated by Engleder.

In the injection molding industry, the trend towards autonomous driving is manifesting itself with completely new requirements on the design of interiors. The feel-good factor is becoming increasingly important; in future, controls will be placed in different locations and unobtrusively integrated with the surface design. The focus will be on transparent materials, capacitive electronics and touch features.

Another growth driver is the area of automotive lighting. Recently, ENGEL have delivered  several injection molding machines for the production of headlight lenses made of liquid silicone (LSR) and for the integrated multi-component production of headlight housings with up to three material components.

Medical technology growing with LSR

In North America, LSR is generally gaining in importance. The elastomer's market share is also growing in the area of medical technology. LSR is frequently processed in combination with thermoplastic materials.

For this purpose, ENGEL supplies multi-component injection molding machines with increasingly greater clamping forces. Multi-cavity molds are being used more frequently for the production of medical technology consumables.

Mexico and Brazil on track

At the NPE 2018, ENGEL de Mexico, based in Querétaro, is reporting the best financial year in the history of the site. The automotive industry is the number 1 growth driver there as well. The first machines delivered by ENGEL to America for integrated fiber-composite lightweight construction are installed in Mexico.

During the concluded financial year, the electronics and medical technology industries also made a considerable contribution to the excellent results of ENGEL de Mexico. For future business, new potentials are also opening up in the areas of white goods, construction, and packaging.


In Brazil, the largest market in South America, after two difficult years the economic situation relaxed in the 2017/18 financial year. For ENGEL do Brasil in São Paulo, this translated into a slew of incoming orders. Large orders from the packaging industry were the main factor in this
 and the demand is especially for large, all-electric injection molding machines.

"The e-motion series, which, even in the high clamping force range, combines high performance with especially low energy consumption, lets us maintain a competitive edge", stated Steger. 

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