Despite a volatile economic situation, Austrian heat treatment plant manufacturer AICHELIN is optimistic about the future. This is due not only to numerous incoming orders in the area of new plants, but also to the increased demand for rebuilds and maintenance.
AICHELIN, one of the leading manufacturers of industrial furnaces headquartered in Mödling, Austria, draws a positive half-year balance. In the area of new plants, the company can look back on a high order backlog as well as a continuously good incoming orders situation. These include equipment orders from well-known companies, primarily in the areas of fastening and drive technology from Western Europe and Asia.
"Like any other industrial company, the procurement side presents us with major challenges in terms of availability and price. However, as far as the order situation is concerned, we are very proud that, in addition to long-standing existing customers, numerous new customers also rely on the quality and reliability of our products," Michael Reisner, Managing Director of AICHELIN Ges.m.b.H. responsible for the new equipment business, is pleased to report.
In the service sector, the current uncertainty surrounding the gas supply is generating a sharp increase in demand for conversion from gas to electric heating.
"We are contacted daily by customers who want to switch to electric heating systems. But we are also fundamentally noticing an increasing sensitivity to the topic of maintenance and conversions to increase system efficiency," summarizes Thomas Peinkofer, Managing Director of AICHELIN Service GmbH.
To meet the current requirements, the "AICHELIN Green Check" has been launched as a special service offer. With it, the AICHELIN experts analyze any CO2 and energy saving potential and work out concrete implementation steps with the plant operator. Originally developed as a decarbonization measure, the service solution really shines in the current situation.
"Our digital products for plant control and maintenance support are also experiencing growing interest. For us, this is proof that we have set the right course with the digital maintenance assistant #jakob and our process control system FOCOS 4.0," Peinkofer says.
AICHELIN is also increasingly focusing on the trendsetting area of electromobility. The focus here is on heat treatment systems for drives, electric motors and the production of battery powder.
An important milestone for the second half of the year is the opening of the Assembly Center Europe in Celje, Slovenia. This consolidation of new equipment manufacturing in Europe at one location will further strengthen the competitiveness and influence of the AICHELIN brand.
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