Hoffer buys 8 Wittmann Battenfeld presses this year
Hoffer Plastics Corp. has purchased eight Wittmann Battenfeld injection presses this year, as Hoffer boosts molding of packaging and appliance parts in Elgin. The new machines include Wittmann Battenfeld robots and auxiliary equipment, such as grinders and loaders, and mold heaters. Wittmann Battenfeld also supplied a central material-handling facility. Hoffer Plastics is organized into small “focused factories” with about 12 machines, each managed as its own small company. The most recent machines — four Battenfeld HM presses, each with 300 tons of clamping force — began molding parts Oct. 1 at a focused factory for packaging. The presses are paired with Wittmann Battenfeld robots, loading systems and mold heaters, said Rocky Brewer, Hoffer’s director of manufacturing. Brewer said Hoffer repurposed the 8,000-square-foot space, which had been used for storage, as a molding area. Hoffer started production in April on four 240-ton Battenfeld HM presses. Brewer said three of the injection molding machines are two-shot presses. He said new business required the additional machines, expanding Hoffer’s focused factory dedicated to appliance molding. He declined to identify the parts or the customer, but said the two-shot molding machines will produce multi-component handles for appliance knobs, out of polypropylene and thermoplastic elastomers.