SML moves to new headquarters in Austria

SML opening

With the construction of its new 42,000 sq m headquarters on a greenfield site near Redlham, Upper Austria, Austrian extrusion machinery maker SML says it has set up one of the world’s most advanced centres for extrusion technology. “It hosts state-of-the art production sites for plastics processing machinery as well as campus-like R&D and training facilities,” says the firm.

Built in 18 months, SML’s new headquarters opened in April 2019, with the relocation of all the business units completed. “For us at SML, the inauguration of our new HQ is a clear symbol for our determination to further expand our leading position in the field of extrusion technology in the upcoming decades,” says Karl Stöger, Managing Director of SML.

A highlight of SML’s headquarters is its brand-new Technology Centre that hosts the R&D activities. The 3,000 sq m facility offers a competence centre for extrusion technology, several demonstration lines in productions scale, laboratories with testing equipment as well as campus-like spaces for meetings and trainings.

SML’s Technology Centre is running ready-for-sale demonstration lines, both for internal trials as well as for joint R&D projects with customers. Together with its partners, SML says it is using these lines to test new raw materials, to improve the properties of end products, to optimise manufacturing processes and to work on new products.

The Technology Centre offers the following: SmartCast Infinity cast film line, cast film line with MDO, multi-purpose sheet line, FlexPack coating line, Austrofil BCF multifilament line, flexible extruder test stand and a permanent 75-mm extruder.

A substantial part of the new site is covered with one of the most modern production facilities for plastics processing machinery in Europe, claims SML, adding, “An architectonical highlight of the new HQ is the atrium in the spacious office area, that serves as venue for company events and informal meetings. All facilities of SML’s new HQ were designed to offer perfect working conditions, promoting innovation and the communicative interaction among employees.”

SML also said that “after years of continuous growth, it was necessary to avoid bottlenecks in production and to secure the reliability of delivery times. Due to an overall improvement of operating processes, throughput times are reduced and productivity in each business unit is raised.”


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