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The CHIRON Group prepares for future growth

The CHIRON Group, headquartered in Tuttlingen, is a global company specializing in CNC vertical milling and turning machining centers, as well as turnkey manufacturing solutions.

CHIRON Precision Factory – The site of around 14,000 m² will be the most high-tech machine tool factory in Europe.

With the new plant in Taicang, the CHIRON Group is securing long-term growth potential in the Chinese market.

Dr Markus Flik, CEO of the CHIRON Group

Dr Markus Flik, CEO of the CHIRON Group

  • 2017 revenue rise to €466 million
  • Brand new machining centers at AMB
  • Over €30 million for the most high-tech machine tool factory in Europe

The continued rise in revenue to €466 million (+1.1%) in 2017 places the CHIRON Group, a specialist in CNC vertical milling and turning machining centers, on solid ground: "Our aim is to accelerate growth over the coming years with innovative products, new factories in China and Germany, and modern software solutions," stated Dr Markus Flik, CEO of the CHIRON Group.

At 65 percent, the revenue share of the European market in 2017 was similar to that of the previous year. America and Asia contributed 21 and 14 percent respectively to the Group's revenue. The CHIRON Group can see particular potential for future growth in China, and is preparing itself accordingly by building a new factory in Taicang. In 2017, standard machines accounted for the highest revenue share at 36 percent, closely followed by turnkey orders at 34 percent and services at 30 percent. In terms of incoming orders in 2017, the automotive industry retained its position from the previous year as the strongest industrial segment at 63 percent. The mechanical engineering sector accounted for 16 percent, medical and precision engineering for six percent, and tool manufacture for four percent. Aerospace was responsible for revenues of three percent.

With huge investments of over €10 million in the new factory in Taicang, China and over €30 million in the Precision Factory in Neuhausen ob Eck, the CHIRON Group is well-prepared for its planned growth. "Our solid financial basis and the long-term approach of our owners has allowed us to take these giant steps forward into the future," explained Dr Markus Flik.

Potential for growth in the Chinese market
The two factories are at the core of the CHIRON Group's location strategy. Production is planned to begin in Taicang, China in the first half of 2019. This will triple the local production capacity. The Group has firmly established itself in China as a supplier of high-quality machining solutions. China is showing a stable trend toward high-quality, highly automated machining centers. This is due to the rising standards of quality and the incipient shortage of specialist personnel. The greatest potential for growth is found in the automotive, medical engineering and aerospace industries. The CHIRON Group will produce CHIRON, STAMA and SCHERER machines in Taicang, as well as expanding its local turnkey range.

World premiere for three new machining centers
The CHIRON Group will present three brand new innovations at AMB 2018: The CHIRON FZ16 S five axis, the CHIRON DZ16 W and the STAMA MT 733 two. These innovative machining centers have a gantry design, uniting dynamics with precision and high cutting forces in a way that has never been seen before. Customers with special requirements for five-axis machining will find in the single-spindle CHIRON FZ16 S five axis a machine that impresses with top levels of dynamics and rigidity to ensure high productivity. If large quantities are involved, the double-spindle CHIRON DZ16 W produces complex parts with optimum precision. The new 733 series from STAMA machines all six sides of a workpiece on a single five-axis center. The optimized rigidity facilitates the machining of complex or difficult-to-machine workpieces. These can now be milled and turned with extra-high levels of accuracy with the MT 733.

Enhanced range of software solutions for digital manufacturing
Software systems for digital manufacturing have long been a part of the range of services offered by the CHIRON Group, and are a key growth driver. The interaction between machine and software gives rise to integrated software solutions that enable customers to utilize the potential of digital manufacturing. These are brought together in the modular SmartLine range. The DataLine, ProcessLine and RemoteLine modules, which have already been successfully launched, optimize productivity and quality in machining. The CHIRON Group will present three further modules at the AMB trade fair: TouchLine, ConditionLine and ProtectLine.

The CHIRON Group perfects its market profiles
The Group is using the recent development of platforms for future series to perfect the profiles of CHIRON and STAMA. Productivity and precision are key market attributes of both brands when it comes to CNC vertical milling and milling/turning machining centers. The CHIRON brand is also known for excellent dynamics, while STAMA focuses on stability. This enables high cutting forces when working with high-strength materials that are difficult to machine. Thanks to their gantry design, both platforms are characterized by particularly high static, dynamic and thermal rigidity. This enables CHIRON and STAMA to use their highly developed turnkey skills to optimize existing manufacturing solutions and to tap into new markets. At AMB 2018, the companies are showcasing the first of their machining centers to be based on the new platforms.

Precision Factory is the most high-tech machine tool factory in Europe
The most high-tech machine tool factory in Europe is currently under construction near Tuttlingen, Germany – it is CHIRON's Precision Factory in Neuhausen ob Eck. The site of around 14,000 m2 will be the future home of production for the new series 16 and existing series 15 and 18 machining centers. The temperature of the Precision Factory will be optimally regulated by means of component activation, which will facilitate the high precision of these machining centers. In addition, advanced solutions for digitalizing assembly and intralogistical processes will be in use. The CHIRON Group is investing over €30 million in the factory, which has been designed to produce 450 machines per year and will open in autumn 2019.

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About the CHIRON Group

The CHIRON Group, headquartered in Tuttlingen, is a global company specializing in CNC vertical milling and mill-turn machining centers, as well as turnkey manufacturing solutions. The Group has a global presence, with production and development sites, sales and service subsidiaries, and sales agencies worldwide. With a workforce of 2100 employees, it generated €443 million in revenue in 2019. Around two thirds of machines and solutions that are sold are exported. Key customer sectors are the automotive, mechanical engineering, medicine and precision engineering, aerospace industries and tool production.

The CHIRON Group is proprietor of the brands CHIRON, STAMA and FACTORY5, associated with new machines, as well as the retrofit brand CMS. The key feature of all the brands is precise, productive and flexible machining. CHIRON has a reputation for optimum dynamics. STAMA focuses on stability and heavy machining. FACTORY5 machining centers are ideally suited for high-speed machining of microtechnical components. CMS provides completely overhauled machines from the Group, including related services. With products and solutions for additive manufacturing, the CHIRON Group supplements its core competencies.

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Melanie Buschle

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