HMCs Starrag machining centre built at first European factory on Subcontinent
Swiss machine tool behemoth Starrag said it has become the first European to manufacture machine tools in India with the introduction of its IWK 7000 horizontal machining centre.
Built at the company’s new factory near Bangalore airport and presented at the Imtex fair earlier this year, the 4-axis machine is a further development of the successful Starrag Heckert WMW CWK range of HMCs. The unit has been designed to take into account the specific challenges facing Indian manufacturers, such as fail-safe operation on power interruption, and the company said it will produce the machine in four sizes. Key components such as high-torque gearbox spindles will continue to be sourced from the Heckert plant in Chemnitz, Germany.
Starrag opened its 10,000 square metre plant in January, and Chairman Walter Fust said it is both Starrag’s first such facility outside of Europe and the first European machine tool manufacturing site in India. Production will be ramped up to between 60 and 120 units a year over the coming months, according to the manufacturer.
Starrag has enjoyed a long presence in the Indian market, with machines from many of the company’s 10 brands such as SIP, Heckert, Scharmann or WMW running at clients throughout the country. Its SIP machines, renowned for their ultraprecision machining centres, are installed at many machine tool companies, including Bharat Fritz Werner, Fust said. Since 2010 Starrag has run its own technical centre in Bangalore for service and technical and engineering support.