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"We form your ideas" This is the slogan of HBW-Gubesch. This mid-size full-service provider supplies its customers with design, development and manufacturing of plastic parts and assemblies, such as for the automotive and consumer electronics industries. Research and development are a major focus for the company, which is based near Nuremberg in Germany. They concentrate on the continuous improvement of methods, materials and processes in order to help their customers reduce costs and stay competitive. In order to remain a top player themselves, the company closely examined its internal processes.
This full-service provider from Franconia currently employs more than 500 people. The group maintains its own research department, with seven employees for applications that include lightweight components. For example, in the field of organic sheet materials (fiber-reinforced composites), the staff are currently developing even lighter and more strongly reinforced seat shells for automotive manufacturers. Decorative components based on the proprietary IML, IMD-Pro and IMD-Multi-K technology for in-mold film laminating are already in series production. Compared with solid parts with a true optical appearance, these components are significantly lighter and more cost-effective and so are in high demand by automotive manufacturers. "Pricing is always under pressure. It’s not only a challenge to set trends in lightweight construction and offer more benefits to customers – we’re also a trendsetter with our illuminated decorative features in the interior. Optimizing costs is vital, especially if a company wants to remain competitive as well as gain even more competitive advantages – as is the case with our company. Against this backdrop, we decided to improve our own process chains in order to manufacture more cost-effectively and offer added value to customers through shorter timelines," explains Udo Berschneider, Managing Partner at HBW-Gubesch.
"We are already saving approximately 120 hours per week in the electrode process. At the same time, we are manufacturing electrodes of a higher quality."
Processes and savings potential in eroding and mold manufacturing
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Mold manufacturing, Automotive
HBW-Gubesch Kunststoff-Engineering GmbH