The European subsidiary of CNC machine tool manufacturer Haas Automation Inc. (www.haascmc.com) is expanding its Zaventem, Brussels based head office, showroom and service centre in order to meet demands from increased sales.
The company moved to its 3.5 million Euro regional headquarters in 2004. Since then, its business in Europe has grown by more than 40 per cent annually and Haas employee numbers working from the facility have increased to 65, including 25 service and support engineers.
The extension to the Haas Automation Europe (HAE) building will bring total covered floor space to more than 8,300 square meters and will include a new warehouse, spare parts storage and training area (an increase of 1,100 square meters), and additional office space (an increase of 475 square meters).
A glass atrium (245 square meters) will join the existing building to the new, architect designed extension. Total investment in the project is expected to reach 2.5million Euros and building work will be completed in late August 2008, with an official grand opening planned for late October 2008.
“The building extension will give us the extra space and facilities we need to continue our rapid growth in Europe,” HAE managing director Peter Hall said. “It will provide an excellent, comfortable environment for our staff and will help to ensure Haas customer service is always exemplary.
“Belgium has certainly proved to be the best place for the Haas Europe head office,” he added. “In a few short years we have built a pan-European HFO network selling and supporting Haas machines in 25 countries around the continent. In Zaventem, we have access to talented, multi-lingual personnel and we are close to Brussels airport and the country’s highways.”
In early 2008, Haas Automation, Inc., of Oxnard, California, announced that 2007 was the most productive year in the company’s history, with CNC machine tool production exceeding 13,755 units – up 10 percent over 2006 – and a 19-percent increase in revenues to more than $880 million. The 2007 numbers – which exceeded previous records set in 2006 – reinforce Haas Automation’s position as the world’s leading CNC machine tool builder by unit volume.
2007 also saw the official launch of the Haas Technical Education Centre (HTEC) program, at EMO in Hanover, Germany. Since then, the Haas Automation Europe HTEC team has been busy setting up a number of exciting new collaborative CNC teaching facilities at universities, colleges and technical schools across Europe.
“We are experiencing strong growth in Europe in 2008,” added Hall. “We have a well established distribution and support infrastructure, a fantastic range of CNC machine tools and rotary tables and, with the rapidly expanding HTEC program, one of the most creative and exciting initiatives in the European manufacturing sector in recent decades.”