22. December 2017
Since its founding in 2010, the WBA has grown continuously. The WBA community now includes 76 members, of them 8 premium-, 15 business-, 25 basic- and 28 cooperation members. We are happy to quickly introduce our new WBA members:

Business Member: Weener Plastics is a full service global supplier of innovative plastic packaging solutions, with a strong focus on the functionalities dispensing, containing and closing. The company designs, develops and manufactures added value caps, closures, roll-on balls, jars and bottles for the personal care, food & beverage and home care markets. Weener Plastics employs about 3000 people and has 24 facilities in 16 countries across the world.

Cooperation Member: The Springer GmbH is an internationally operating company for the automotive industry and their suppliers. Its core business is the development, planning, productions and the commissioning of components and systems for the pressing plant and structural automation. As medium-seized company with more than 180 employees Springer ranks among the technology leaders in this field.

Cooperation Member: The Makino Milling Machine Co., Ltd. Is one of the leading technology and service provider in the tool and die industry. The wide range of product solutions includes machining centers for parts as well as die and mold manufacturing with a large variety of applications in aero-space, automotive, off-highway vehicles, industrial components and micro-technology. Makino Europe employs around 270 peolpe.

Cooperation member: The IT4process GmbH offers consulting services and software solutions for commercial purposes. For more than 10 years, the company has been dealing with the analysis and optimization of procedures in companies with complex operational processes as well as the support of these processes by means of software solutions. IT4process was founded as a spin-off of the RWTH Aachen University.

Furthermore, we are delighted to introduce you to two further honorary members: Mr. Dr. Heinz Wesch (formerly PHOENIX CONTACT GmbH & Co. KG) and Mr. Dr. Christian Hinsel (Hirschvogel GmbH). Due to their extraordinary dedication to the WBA and long experience in the tool and die industry we are pleased to involve the two to our community in the long run.

Even beyond our regularly held community meetings, it is extremely important to us to maintain consistent contact with our members. In 2017, we were warmly welcomed by numerous member companies, such as WEBO Werkzeugbau Oberschwaben GmbH, the Hirschvogel Automotive Group and the DST Dräxlmaier Systemtechnik GmbH. Meetings in such small rounds are extremely valuable to us, as they set ground for a trustful and individual exchange. Moreover, resulting suggestions are constantly converted into our projects, which enables us to develop pioneering approaches.