Injection moulding machine manufacturer ENGEL AUSTRIA, headquartered in Schwertberg, Austria, has acquired the majority interest in TMA AUTOMATION in Gdynia, Poland. This strategic investment sees ENGEL reinforce its leading position in the field of injection moulding process automation.

“ENGEL has a strong presence in Eastern Europe, and with the acquisition of TMA is taking the next step for further growth in the region,” says Dr Stefan Engleder, CEO of the ENGEL Group. The two companies have already cooperated closely for many years on numerous customer projects. One regional focus is Poland and the neighbouring eastern European countries. “TMA’s technologies perfectly complement ENGEL’s in-house spectrum of robots and automation components,” as Walter Aumayr, Vice President Automation and Peripheral Units of the ENGEL Group confirms. ENGEL offers highly-integrated and fully-automated production cells for injection moulding applications from a single source, boosting both the production efficiency and the investment protection for its customers with this holistic approach.

One of TMA’s focuses is on automating in-mould labelling processes in the medium performance segment. “With TMA, we have gained a know-how provider who knows the specific requirements of this performance segment very well and optimally serves them with solutions tailored to them,” emphasises Engleder. In the high-performance segment, ENGEL will continue to cooperate with its long-standing partners for IML automation.

Foundations for growth laid
TMA AUTOMATION will remain independent under the ENGEL Group umbrella and continue to be an independent market player in the future. The two company founders, Marek Łangowski and Piotr Orlikowski will continue to manage the company. Walter Aumayr reinforces the management team as a third managing director.

In cooperation with the strategic investor, ENGEL, TMA AUTOMATION can push forward with its growth targets. A site has already been purchased in Gdansk in order to start building a new office and production facility in the near future. “As a location, Gdansk, with its good infrastructure and large number of technical universities in the surrounding area, is the ideal starting position for excellent access to a qualified expert workforce”, says Aumayr. “We will also be expanding the workforce at the new Gdansk facility”.

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