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The solution is the key – Managing Director Klaus Kräher gives an interview to the business forum

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»No one has wai­ted for our pro­ducts.« That is what Klaus Krä­her, Mana­ging Direc­tor and COO of NILES-SIMMONS Indus­trie­an­la­gen GmbH, says about the new start of the machine tool com­pany after the reuni­fi­ca­tion. Today, the com­pany with around 400 employees and an export quota of 85% ranks under the top ten in the  Ger­man indus­try. In par­ti­cu­lar, the avia­tion, rail­way and auto­mo­tive indus­tries are the company’s main sectors.

Of course, there were already enough mar­ket lea­der in our branch after the reuni­fi­ca­tion, but through our fle­xi­bi­lity and com­plete pro­duc­tion con­cepts, we still went on top« empha­si­zes Klaus Krä­her. »In 1998 we got our first major order from Gene­ral Motors. That was how we achie­ved the new market. ”

Cranks­hafts are still an important part of sales volume. NILES-SIMMONS Indus­trie­an­la­gen, which has been part of the NILES-SIMMONS-HEGENSCHEIDT Group since 2001, offers machi­nes and com­plete pro­duc­tion lines for machi­ning of crankshafts.

In the mean­time, inno­va­tive solu­ti­ons have found their solid place in our range. »With our multi-pro­duct struc­ture and exten­sive tech­no­lo­gi­cal know-how, we can pro­vide path­brea­king machi­ning con­cepts for other indus­try as well. That is why we like to speak of tech­ni­cal solu­ti­ons ins­tead of pro­ducts. For example, our pro­ces­ses are uni­que in the rail­way indus­try« says Klaus Kräher

»Sometimes the required machine doesn’t even exist. We build it then«

Klaus Krä­her Mana­ging Direc­tor and COO.

Rail cus­to­mers want to tra­vel safely and com­for­ta­bly. Due to the fact that strong bra­king crea­tes flat spots on the wheel, re-pro­filing is necessary. Exactly in this area NILES-SIMMONS-HEGENSCHEIDT is the mar­ket lea­der. »Almost every high-speed train in China is equip­ped with wheels that we have sup­plied or repro­fi­led. We are also very strong on the Indian mar­ket«, says the mana­ging director.

Other cus­to­mers of the com­pany can be found in the avia­tion indus­try, most oft them manu­fac­tu­rers of tur­bine or lan­ding gear com­pon­ents. For this pur­pose NILES-SIMMONS Indus­trie­an­la­gen offers a new, com­plex machi­ning con­cept. The auto­ma­tion of the com­plete pro­cess is also an important focus in addi­tion to the machine func­tion. Bes­ide of an auto­ma­tic machi­ning pro­cess, the work­piece is also auto­ma­ti­cally mea­su­red, loa­ded and unloa­ded as well as a tool auto­ma­ti­cally loa­de­ding process.

Clo­sed door machi­ning’ pro­vi­des a signi­fi­cant incre­ase in pro­duc­ti­vity and ensu­res zero-defect-pro­duc­tion, which is very important in the aero­space sec­tor, due to the high value of the com­pon­ents. »We pro­vide cus­to­mer- and app­li­ca­tion-spe­ci­fic solu­ti­ons, no stan­dards«, exp­lains Klaus Kräher

New solu­tion con­cepts and employee trai­ning will also be con­ti­nue important in the future- after all, NILES-SIMMONS Indus­trie­an­la­gen recruits more than 30 appren­ti­ces per year.  After their trai­ning and a good per­for­mance we take over the most of them. »Inno­va­tion is one of our strenghts«, says Klaus Krä­her, »and our employees are the key of it!«

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