A forty-year cooperation

Bercker acquired the hundredth Allrounder

Marketing - Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The Berker brand belongs to the Hager Group and stands for switch series and building technology systems. The products, for which the high-quality plastic components have now been produced for the last 40 years by Berker using injection moulding machines from Arburg, are in use worldwide. A very special event in the decades of successful cooperation was scheduled for April 2018: the ceremonial handover of the 100th Allrounder.

"With our 100th Arburg machine, we are entering new dimensions. It is the first three-component Allrounder and also the first in machine size 630 S with 2,500 kN of clamping force", says a delighted head of production Sebastian Walther, who together with Christoph Koch of the Berker production management travelled to Arburg Lossburg in order to officially take delivery of the anniversary machine.


Turnkey system for new switch range

The Allrounder 630 S is equipped with a Multilift robotic system and is integrated in a sophisticated turnkey system. "We will use this production cell for the fully automated production of a new switch series", explains Sebastian Walther, who is very satisfied with the overall implementation of the project. "We only came to Lossburg armed with the mould drawing and, on the basis of that, developed a completely new production concept together with Arburg. Now we have an efficient turnkey solution that fully meets our high demands - thanks to the close cooperation with Arburg experts from the areas of application technology, turnkey systems and sales".


Almost the entire Arburg portfolio in operation

At the ceremonial handover of the anniversary machine, Ralf Müller, Head of Technology and Key Account Management, expressed his thanks for the trusting and continued cooperation: "Since the purchase of the first Allrounder in 1978, there has hardly been a year in which Berker did not buy a machine from us. Their machine fleet now comprises hydraulic, hybrid and electric Allrounders, as well as vertical machines. From 2003, the Multilift robotic systems and in 2008 the Arburg host computer system (ALS) were added". With the successful implementation of the turnkey system, the Berker-Arburg cooperation has now entered a new dimension. In memory of the "100th Allrounder for Berker" anniversary, Ralf Müller presented Sebastian Walther and Christoph Koch with a certificate and a plaque.


Berker: high-quality switches for the last 100 years

The beginnings of Berker go back to 1919, when the "Special factory for electrical installation apparatus" of brothers Robert and Hugo Berker in Schalksmühle, Sauerland, produced the first rotary switches. Since 2010, Berker has been part of the Hager Group, a leading provider of solutions and services for electro-technical installations in domestic, industrial and business property. The globally active company has 11,400 employees and achieved a turnover of 1.9 billion euros (2017). The components and solutions are produced at 23 locations around the world and sold to customers in more than 120 countries.

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