In May WAFIOS AG once again held an in-house exhibition under the roof of its subsidiary, WAFIOS Umformtechnik GmbH, in Wuppertal, Germany. The event is an important platform for the market leader in wire and tube forming to provide information about its latest technological developments.
Each year the WAFIOS group of companies, with its headquarters in Reutlingen, brings many new developments to the market, among them wire and tube bending machines, spring coiling machines, as well as control and application software, etc.
“The in-house exhibition in Wuppertal is the ideal opportunity for us to introduce all our innovations to our customers gathered together in one place,” comments Dr Uwe-Peter Weigmann, board spokesperson of WAFIOS AG. This year’s event was the twelfth edition, with around 900 participants attending. With 27 exhibited machines spread over a total of 1,400m² in two halls, the presentation area was also bigger than ever before. Demonstrations and specialist presentations formed the core programme.
In total, five companies from the WAFIOS Group were present, WAFIOS AG, WAFIOS Umformtechnik GmbH, EW Menn GmbH & Co KG, Witels Albert GmbH and WAFIOS Tube Automation GmbH – alongside twelve partner companies, as well as the University of Siegen as the representative of research.
This underlines the important role of cold forming in the metal industry that demonstrates itself in, amongst other things, the current developments around electromobility. For instance, in the latest generation of electric motors, special formed wire components, so-called hairpins, are required, likewise contact rails between motors and batteries. The WAFIOS Group is able to supply the most modern production solutions for these products. Digitalisation also plays an increasingly important role in this. WAFIOS has developed its own programming and control systems that can communicate with other systems and can even fully control robot cells.
The last exhibition day was also an open house day, which is when – in addition to customers – the employees were also invited. Many took the opportunity to show their workplaces to their families. In doing so, they underlined a deep loyalty to the company that is recognised as one of the most reputable machine manufacturers in the region. WAFIOS Umformtechnik in Wuppertal can look back on nearly 100 years of tradition.
“Our region is the cradle of the wire industry of the world, many medium-sized companies involved in wire processing are located here. Therefore, and because we address all company levels, I believe our in-house exhibition is at least as important and valuable as major public trade fairs,” said Gunther Neuhaus, sales director west at WAFIOS in Wuppertal.
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