New facility in Portlaoise offers demonstration areas and test rigs
Global automation giant Bosch Rexroth has announced the opening of its new Irish headquarters in Portlaoise. The new facility embodies Rexroth’s commitment to Ireland and the appreciation that people prefer to deal with people who, like them, are committed to developing relationships over the long term.
The expansion in Ireland is being led by Automation Manager, John Doran. He comments: “This is a significant investment by Rexroth, Portlaoise is a fantastic location for us to support all the major OEMs, machine builders and end users. We can shorten lead times and provide technical support more easily as the new headquarters will be the hub for Ireland with local component stock and custom-build facilities.”
Bosch Rexroth has already identified that long-term relationships and the resulting knowledge of individual and specific customer requirements cannot be achieved without investing in people. The Irish headquarters is staffed by a team of specialists in automation, including electric drives and controls engineers, pneumatics engineers and hydraulics engineers, as well as workshop technicians, service engineers and administrators. In practice Rexroth engineers within the Irish application-support team work directly with those designing a machine. Rexroth engineers have years of experience and understand that the overall design of a machine has a greater impact on the OEM’s competitiveness than solely focusing on component cost.
With global economic conditions forcing constant re-appraisal of the status quo growing levels of automation are being adopted to increase manufacturing efficiency and drive down production costs. With the largest range of technologies available from a single supplier, Rexroth directly confronts the challenges machine builders face in relation to minimising time to market and production time, overall cost of ownership and risk management.
Demonstrating the fact that Rexroth’s approach to automation helps deal with the challenges that Irish industry faces, are the benefits that translate through to the areas of field service and training. There’s also a state-of-the-art training room, which can accommodate up to 40 people, from where Rexroth intends to run a series of comprehensive training courses and seminars in hydraulics, pneumatics and control technologies throughout 2009.
“Rexroth’s vision is to be Ireland’s best supplier of automation components, complete system solutions and services,” concludes John Doran. “What’s more, our global presence means that OEMs, machine builders and end users can be supported using Rexroth’s infrastructure all over the world.”