"I feel deeply honoured to be included in the 'Plastics Hall of Fame' and I thank you with all my heart," said Eugen Hehl in his greetings from afar. As he was unable to travel to Florida in person, he prepared a video message, which was played back live as part of the evening's celebrations. The senior Partner at Arburg explained that his recipe for success was hard work, a high level of commitment, technical sophistication mixed with clever, sometimes astonishingly simple solutions and always a willingness to listen to what his customers wanted. "With the invention of the Allrounder and of the Freeformer, we have made technological history – a history that we would like to build upon significantly in the future."
In his laudatory speech, Jay L. Gardiner, president of the Plastics Academy, reflected on the milestones in Arburg's success story in plastic processing. This began in 1956 with the serial production of injection moulding machines with just ten employees. Key milestones were reached e.g. in 1961 with the invention of the Allrounder principle and in 1975 with the first machine worldwide to be equipped with a micro processor controller. Eugen Hehl promoted the sale of this innovative machine technology and the internationalisation of the family-run company, which is today represented with fully-owned subsidiaries at 32 locations in 24 countries and employs some 2,400 staff worldwide. Arburg made pioneering application technology achievements, e.g. in multi-component injection moulding, powder injection moulding and in the processing of liquid silicone. In 2013, the Freeformer for industrial additive manufacturing celebrated its world première – a further example of the innovative strength of the family-run company and the forward-thinking of its Partners.
The Plastics Hall of Fame, which is located at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell, USA, has been honouring persons who have made significant contributions to the development and growth of the plastics industry since 1972. This award is bestowed every three years during a gala event at the NPE trade fair.