Value Added in Japan
In Japan, KraussMaffei primarily serves customers in the automotive industry with its extensive portfolio of reaction process machinery. A focus here is the field of soft foam systems. "Here we are able to supply complete turnkey systems for manufacturing foamed seats, head restraints and other components for the vehicle interior," explains Tetsuhiro Hori, managing director of the Japanese subsidiary. In so doing, he and his staff perform their own customer-specific developments. Just one example of the latest technical innovations is a seat cushion oval conveyor system with automatic mold change facility in which only the mold is changed, eliminating the need for additional cassettes.
KraussMaffei's second area of focus is the growing market for fiber-reinforced plastics. "Interest in production-ready solutions for processing fiber-reinforced plastics, especially carbon-fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) continues to grow rapidly. We are currently in contact with all reputable Japanese automobile manufacturers," Hori continues. Since 2015, KraussMaffei has also been producing customer-specific HP-RTM (High-Pressure Resin Transfer Molding) systems in Japan.
"With our advanced products and technologies and highly qualified workforce here, we are able to respond quickly and individually to the needs of our Japanese customers. That is most certainly the key to KraussMaffei's success in Japan. Today we supply numerous reputable Japanese corporations and suppliers, in particular in the automotive industry – not just in Japan, but also their overseas facilities," explains Nicolas Beyl, President of the Reaction Process Machinery section of the KraussMaffei Group. "I wish to congratulate the KraussMaffei team in Japan on its successfully development over the last ten years. With our powerful setup, we are very well positioned to continue this development in the years ahead."