Wittmann Battenfeld breaks ground on robot factory
June was a big month for the globe-trotting Wittmann Battenfeld, which broke ground for a robot factory in Germany, won an award at a Polish trade show, and awarded the new Werner Wittmann Scholarship Program in the US. Wittmann Robot Systeme in Schwaig, Germany, was running out of space, because of strong demand for automation. Wittmann officials held a ground-breaking ceremony 15 June in Feucht, Germany, near a highway interchange south of Nuremberg. The building will have 13,000 square feet of office space and 32,300 square feet of production space. About 70 employees will work in the facility, which also will coordinate field activities for 20 service technicians. The new building will house a technical center and a robotics training room. It is scheduled to open at the beginning of 2013. At the Plastpol trade show in Kielce, Poland, Wittmann Battenfeld took first place in the “process technology” category. The company demonstrated its Variomold process, using BFMold technology to make high-gloss parts, shown on an EcoPower press molding a screen. Show officials presented the award to Bogdan Zabrzewski, managing director of the Battenfeld sales company in Poland, and Wolfgang Roth, head of application and process technology at Wittmann Battenfeld. This is the third straight Plastpol that the company has won an award. In 2011, Wittmann Battenfeld took first place in the category of “machines for high-precision plastics processing” for its MicroPower injection press. At the 2010 Plastpol, the company won both the “machines” category and the “processes” category. The company’s US operation announced the first Werner Wittmann Scholarship to Anthony Hernandez at the 6 June graduation of Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Conn. The company in Torrington, Conn., provided him with $1,000 a year for four years of his college career. The award goes to a student who is active in Kennedy High School’s first robotics team. Hernandez will major in physics at Boston College. The award is named for Werner Wittmann, founder of the company based in Kottingbrunn, Austria.