In 2013, Heller placed a strong emphasis on the further development and refinement of its products. The 2013 investment volume stabilised at a high level being significantly in excess of 16 million EUR.
Investments focused on the assembly plant in China, machines and other equipment and modernisation of operating and business facilities. In response to the growing market in Eastern Europe the company is investing to increase customer proximity, e.g. with the expansion of its sales and service activities at the Heller location in Yekaterinburg/Russia.
14.1 million EUR in development
Another priority was development expenditure. Last year, the company spent at total of 14.1 million EUR in this area – 10% up on 2012. The focus was on the diversification of the product range, enabling the company to better serve its existing customers and expand business into new target groups, attracted by the traditional strengths of Heller, including customers from outside the company’s traditional clientele from the automotive industry. At the same time, Heller continued working on the expansion and intensification of its regional business.
Tailored to the needs
Three new developments and numerous product enhancements result in a completely revamped and expanded product portfolio for 4-axis and 5-axis machining and combined milling/turning, especially in terms of large-part machining. Another addition is a completely new developed external milling machine for the machining of small light-duty crankshafts to round off the lower end of the product range in terms of external and internal milling processes. In terms of its turnkey competence for crankcase manufacturing systems, Heller is offering systems for the coating of cylinder bores on the basis of twin-wire arc spraying technology already successfully introduced in the market. Under the name Heller CBC (CylinderBoreCoating), Heller it expands the process chain in crankcase manufacturing. First systems are already in operation for high-volume production in Germany and Japan. At the production location in Nürtingen, the Heller CBC TechnologyCenter is operating a flexible system showing the current status of development that can also be used directly for customer projects.
Future perspective: high-quality machines and state-of-the-art solution competence supporting the success of customers.
The investment in a new machining centre has to pay off. To make production future-proof, Hellers’ customers need reliability, precision and high productivity. In response the company provides a combination of high-quality mechanical engineering and state-of-the-art solution competence.
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