Bystronic (Hoffman Estates IL) achieved a milestone when its first-ever U.S. laser cutting machine rolled off the Hoffman Estates assembly line. The company says the event demonstrates Bystronic’s commitment to its customers and to the North American market by providing locally assembled machinery to reduce overall lead time, installation time, and import costs.
By assembling laser cutting machines in the U.S., Bystronic is further developing its market leading presence and operations network. Specifically, the next generation BySmart Fiber 3015 laser cutting machine, now with unprecedented 8kW and 10kW Fiber laser power, is the first machine to be locally produced in the three major market regions of the world: North America, Europe, and Asia, thus strengthening Bystronic’s global product availability and supply chain diversification.
The next generation BySmart Fiber will be shipped almost fully assembled to most locations within North America. This process will reduce the installation time at the customer’s location by as much as 65%. Also, the machines will be 100% inspected and tested in the U.S. plant before shipment, ensuring production will be up and running shortly after the installation is complete. Customer delivery lead times will also be reduced significantly.
Starting fall 2020, Bystronic plans to assemble the next generation BySmart Fiber 4020 at the U.S. facility.
The newly built Hoffman Estates facility will include a leading-edge Customer Experience Center and the headquarters for the Americas market region. It will serve as the hub for Bystronic U.S. business operations including sales, service, training, spare parts, and the refurbishing of used machinery.
Currently, Bystronic employs approximately 160 employees in the U.S., with a notable increase planned within this year and beyond as more products are added for U.S. assembly. The total area of the new building is 164,894 sq. ft. The total area for machine assembly and parts warehousing is 103,393 sq. ft, the Experience Center is 30,721 sq. ft, and the total office area is 30,780 sq. ft.
Experience Center and Bystronic Smart Factory
The vision of the smart factory is now a reality for customers of Bystronic. With its new Experience Center near Chicago, Bystronic is now demonstrating the future of sheet metal processing to customers in the U.S. Bystronic will be displaying its entire range of sheet metal processing solutions: the latest technologies for laser cutting, integrated automation and storage solutions, flexible bending systems, tube and profile processing solutions, a software landscape that covers the entire sheet metal processing chain, smart services, and offering customized live demonstrations for customers.
Vision Becomes Reality
What started as a vision back in 2018, has now come to fruition. The total investment for this project represents approximately $30 million, and a firm commitment of the Swiss and globally active Bystronic Group to the North American market.
It’s often said that the best achievements are accomplished by those with a vision of the end result. Bystronic Inc. and Bystronic Manufacturing Americas are well on their way to achieving this initial vision.
A grand opening for the new Experience Center and headquarters for the Americas in Hoffman Estates, IL USA is scheduled for September 16 & 17, 2020.
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