Engcon, the world’s leading manufacturer of tiltrotators – a kind of tilting and rotating quick coupler for 1.5-33 metric ton excavators – has again expanded its production facilities to meet demand.
The company had barely finished celebrating the new factory in Strömsund before it was time for the next inauguration. This time around, the company is celebrating an extension of its factory in Poland. One of the reasons for the investment is to meet a growing demand for tiltrotators in Europe, especially in France and Holland.
“I am pleased and proud of the development we have been experiencing since starting up in Poland. “We built the factory in Niepruszewo, Poland in 2012 to meet growing demand for buckets, ground compactors, grabbers and welded components. Due to our continued sales growth, we have just had the factory extended,” says Stig Engström, founder and owner of Engcon.
The extension has added 1000 square meters to the factory, which will host a new assembly hall, testing facilities and an expanded space for processing, sheet metal cutting and burring. The office section has also been extended and Engcon has invested a total of more than $2 million in building the extension and procuring new equipment.
“Europe has discovered the tiltrotator,” exclaims Stig Engström. “It all started with an explosive growth in sales back in the early 2000s. That meant that we had to seriously step up our rate of production.”
Through the Chamber of Commerce, Stig met a pair of Polish industrialists. They began manufacturing parts for ground compactors and other components in Engcon’s range.
“For me, the most important thing was to maintain our standard of high quality, even if we were buying the components from another country. For this reason, we were very careful when selecting new suppliers,” continues Stig Engström.
In 2003, Engcon decided to establish a presence in Poland and to start up its own manufacturing operations in the country. The company leased a factory building and began production.
“Starting up production in Poland gave us a real boost. Eventually, we began reaching such large volumes that we needed to invest again. We bought a larger industrial site and built a new, modern factory, which opened its doors in 2012. The factory was built entirely in line with our Swedish requirements.”
As the factory now expands its capacity, it looks to the factory in Strömsund, which recently implemented a completely automatic testing facility. This concept is currently being implemented in Poland for the products manufactured there.
“It is important for us to have the same conditions here in Poland as we do in our other facilities so that we can reach our common quality objectives,” says Dan Ekholm, production manager for the Engcon Group. This expansion of our operations in Poland creates five new jobs directly, and it looks like there will be many more on the way.”
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