The future of mobility: HELLER is well positioned
Ever since its foundation more than 120 years ago, HELLER has seen itself as an innovative and solution-oriented partner to its customers and will remain so in the years to come. To meet the challenges posed by future mobility, the company has adopted a forwarding-thinking approach.
Approx. 75% of the HELLER Group’s business comes from the automotive industry. This includes passenger cars and trucks as well as agricultural and construction machinery. Project business makes up approx. 60 percent of this, with the emphasis on cylinder blocks and heads, crankshafts and camshafts as well as transmission and chassis components.
So what are the options for a machine tool manufacturer looking back on a history of more than 120 years having practically grown up with the combustion engine and considering the fact that the future of mobility is said to be electric, thus resulting in a significant decrease in the number of machined components?
“The combustion engine is far from dead. Rather, we believe that in the near future, the mobility concept will comprise a combination of downsized combustion engines and electric drives,” says Manfred Maier, COO of the HELLER Group. “Our core competency will enable us to remain a sought-after partner for potential customers in the years to come. At the same time, we will increasingly search for new applications and complementary technologies.”
Development New Business & Technologies explores the possibilities
In response to the changing situation, HELLER has adapted its corporate structures accordingly. Development New Business & Technologies explores applications that will not immediately turn into key revenue contributors, yet are likely to gain significance in the future. The team’s experts are looking into the possibilities of additive manufacturing or new materials such as CFK.
CBC, or CylinderBoreCoating, is a technology based exclusively on HELLER machining modules and an excellent example for the innovative complementary technologies expanding the company’s existing machine portfolio; CBC is based on the twin-wire arc spray technology used by Daimler and BMW. So far, the coating technology is the only method providing the necessary process dependability for use in high-volume production. From 2017 onwards, Daimler will use it in the production of approx. one million 4- and 6-cylinder engines per year at their facilities in Untertürkheim (Germany). Until 2018, a total of 65 systems for the coating of more than 8 million engines worldwide will be in operation.
HELLER manufacturing solutions are ready for the future
With its broad and flexible range of products and applications, its know-how in application and service, an extensive global customer base from the most diverse industries as well as production, sales and service locations around the world, machine manufacturer HELLER has the capabilities to provide solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s manufacturing tasks. “Mobility, and also the machine tool industry, will definitely see changes but will continue to play a significant role in the future,” Maier affirms.