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North America provides strength to ENGEL Global

2:22 min ManagementNPEAmerica
York, PA, United States

With the injection molding market downturn, ENGEL North America continues to provide stability in uncertain times. At the NPE2024 in Orlando, Florida, ENGEL demonstrates its commitment to invest for its customer's profit under the motto "Get connected - with solutions from ENGEL." The goal is to drive innovation and success collaboratively by bringing together essential elements like machines, solutions, technologies, and experts.

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"We recognize the challenges our customers are facing and have built our presence at NPE2024 around three fundamental pillars: Master the skilled labor challenge, Let's get you up and running with our standard machine portfolio, and pioneer sustainable molding," states Vanessa Malena, President of ENGEL Americas. ENGEL North America remains optimistic for the future. It is fueled by new opportunities from added capacity in Mexico and their high industry market share, alongside an improved sales structure at ENGEL Global.

Vanessa Malena elevated to head the Americas: A strategic move for growth and innvation

With ENGEL's new fiscal year starting April 2024, their sales structure and internal processes have been modified to align with customers' needs. ENGEL has defined three major regions across the globe: the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Vanessa Malena will lead the Americas.

The new sales structure aims to provide enhanced support to representatives by enabling direct access to business development teams in their respective regions.

"I am thrilled to assume leadership of this newly consolidated region, which encompasses the entirety of the Americas, including the USA, Canada, Mexico, and South America," states Vanessa Malena. "Serving as President of the Americas is both an honor and a responsibility that I embrace wholeheartedly. As a female leader in the traditionally male-dominated plastics industry, I am proud to represent and inspire others in breaking barriers and fostering diversity and inclusion."

Strong global partner with local presence

The plastics industry is facing a very challenging time with a shrinking market and a growing number of competitors. ENGEL is still gaining new customers while also retaining existing customers. ENGEL's success is not only in injection molding machines and automation sales but also after-sales service, which has outperformed expected numbers. ENGEL's improved standing is attributed to its international production platform, which has strengthened its position due to the significant diversification across various end markets.

With roots tracing back to its establishment in Schwertberg, Austria, in 1945, ENGEL remains a European family-owned company now in its fourth generation. The company's internally funded future projects underscore its financial independence and commitment to sustainable growth. Anchored by a long-term strategic vision and dedicated market development initiatives, ENGEL cultivates enduring partnerships with its customers, prioritizing mutual success and longevity.

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American hub offers a seamless customer experience

The company aims to establish optimal sales, logistics, and production structures for each of the three major regions: Europe, Asia, and America. "It's ENGEL's philosophy to have our production plants close to our customers," says Stefan Engleder, CEO of the ENGEL Group. "This concept of decentralization has been a critical factor in our success as a global industry leader, and now it is more applicable than ever.”

ENGEL began machine production in the existing subsidiary in Querétaro, Mexico, in 2023. One of the machines from this production line, an all-electric e-mac, was already shown at the Plastimagen tradeshow in November of that year. Shipments of these machines have started to Mexican customers, demonstrating ENGEL's commitment to meeting the market's evolving needs.

"We are confident that customers in the North, Central, and South Americas will all benefit from the capacity and expertise delivered by this expansion," states Vanessa Malena, President of ENGEL Americas. "It is designed to enhance an authentic collaboration with our clients and within the ENGEL team." The added volume in Mexico also complements the market presence of the well-established North American subsidiary. In addition, ENGEL has recently increased its capacity in York, Pennsylvania, concentrating on its custom automation center and renovating its office and technology center in Corona, California.

www.engelglobal.com

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