HRSflow Opens U.S. Production Plant

The Michigan facility is the company’s first production plant in the United States and will support markets throughout the Americas.

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On September 23 , Italian hot runner supplier HRSflow officially opened its new U.S. production facility in Byron Center near Grand Rapids, Mich. More than 200 guests, mostly plastics processors and suppliers to North American automobile manufacturers, attended a Grand Opening Ceremony complete with presentations, technology demonstrations and a plant tour.

Aside from Maurizio Bazzo, President and CEO of INglass-HRSflow, speakers Bill Carteaux, President of the SPI Society of Plastic Industry, and Laurie Harbour, President of Harbour Results, LLC. Also attracting interest was a live demonstration of the new Flexflow technology, a servo-driven, finely regulated valve gate system. This process is designed to provide significant improvements in surface quality while reducing clamping force and part weight, and it is said to be particularly useful for large automotive components.

With a usable floor space of around 3,700 m², the Byron Center production plant site has separate areas for the production and assembly of the hot runner systems, a goods warehouse, a room for routine quality control, offices, and other rooms for the social infrastructure. Parent company INglass S.p.A.,has invested more than €15 million in real estate, buildings and machinery. “We built the new plant in a record time of just ten months. We succeeded because we have already thoroughly tested the infrastructure on other occasions, not only at our headquarters in San Polo di Piave but also in our Chinese facility of Hangzhou near Shanghai,” Bazzo said during the opening ceremony. "At all these plants we have the same machines and equipment, and all the processes for planning, construction and production of our hot runners are identical. By doing this we ensure that we can offer our customers the same high product quality with absolute reliability on all three continents. At the same time, we are extremely flexible. Should a capacity bottleneck occur at one site, we can easily work off the backlog of orders at one of our other two plants."

The Byron Center facility will in future serve primarily the U.S. and Canadian markets as well as Central and South America, regions where HRSflow already has sales and service structures in place. The company has maintained sales, service and engineering support in the U.S. and Canada since 2001. "We nevertheless realized that only with local production facilities could we achieve the short delivery and response times and the overall flexibility that are needed, for example, in the automotive industry. We are convinced that, with this new production plant in the center of the North American auto industry, our business on the entire American continent will expand significantly. Our new production site is therefore an important milestone in the continuous growth of HRSflow as a whole,” Bazzo says.

Plans to expand the Byron Center facility in a second stage by adding an additional 4,300 m² are already on the drawing board.