TRUMPF Breaks Ground on New Smart Factory
TRUMPF Inc. is expanding its Farmington operations following a strong year of North American sales.
Leaders of the German-owned company broke ground on a 56,000-square-foot facility March 9.
It is the company’s seventh expansion project at its Connecticut campus.
“It will be a production building that will enhance our capabilities here in North America to fabricate high-tech machine tools for our manufacturers and our customers across all of North America,” said president and CEO Lutz Labisch.
TRUMPF will invest roughly $40 million in the project, which will be home to a complete smart factory, the company’ second in the U.S. and fourth globally.
“Our customers are facing increased challenges, such as smaller lot sizes, delivery times, and labor challenges,” Labisch said. “They need solutions.”
CBIA president and CEO Chris DiPentima said the groundbreaking shows TRUMPF’s continued commitment to Connecticut.
“It is clear that TRUMPF’s leadership sees a future here in Connecticut,” DiPentima said.
“The investment will not only grow its workforce, but bring manufacturers around the world to Connecticut.”
TRUMPF has produced equipment in Connecticut since 1974. Hundreds of manufacturers across the state use TRUMPF’s technology today.
In recent years, nationwide demand has increased significantly.
Labisch said the company posted more than $1 billion dollars in order intake in North America this past year, a 50% increase over the prior year.
“This production facility is a fully operational role model for our customers who manufacture sheet metal parts used in so many industries,” Labisch said.
Gov. Ned Lamont said businesses like Wilton-based chip manufacturer ASML rely on TRUMPF’s innovation.
“It’s just an example of not only what you are doing in terms of precision manufacturing and getting the job done, but what it means for the broader ecosystem, and what a difference that makes,” Lamont said.
Like its other smart factories around the world, TRUMPF plans to welcome thousands of manufacturers to the space to learn and develop new processes.
“Our smart factory technology helps manufacturers in many ways to better control their production, to optimize processes by reducing down time, and shortening cycle times to increase quality and efficiency and reduce the cost-per-part they produce,” Labisch said.
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