Product novelty 28. September 2023

Historic C1 machine: "100 years of the Hehl family company"

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Early 1950s (from left): Eugen, Arthur and Karl Hehl.
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A replica C1 single-lever machine produces shopping trolley chips from recyclate at Fakuma 2023.
To mark "100 years of the Hehl family company", there will be a special exhibition space. A historic C1 single-lever machine will also be in live operation. The four themed areas – Black Forest, ARBURG Cosmos, ALLROUNDER and Environment – will offer exciting insights into the history and development of the innovative family company over the past 100 years.

Trade visitors can learn, for example, that Arthur Hehl founded a “start-up” in Lossburg in the Black Forest in 1923, initially to manufacture surgical instruments in his own home. Or that in 1954, during Germany's economic miracle, a "flash of inspiration" by son Karl Hehl led to the invention of the first small C1 injection moulding machine, which was able to overmould flash contacts with plastic. And that it was his brother Eugen Hehl who, with his great marketing talent, carried the presence of ARBURG and the ALLROUNDER out into the world. In 2023, ARBURG has around 3,600 employees at 35 locations worldwide and still manufactures centrally in Lossburg on a current floor space of around 210,000 square metres.

Wie zukunftsfähig die historische Maschinentechnik bis heute geblieben ist, demonstriert ein ganz besonderes Exponat: Eine von ARBURG Auszubildenden eigenhändig nachgebaute manuell bedienbare Einhebelmaschine C1 fertigt auf der Fakuma 2023 „live“ Einkaufswagen-Chips aus Post-Consumer-Rezyklat (PCR).

A very special exhibit will show just how viable the company's historic machine technology has remained to this day: a manually operated C1 single-lever machine, reconstructed by ARBURG trainees themselves, will be producing shopping trolley chips from post-consumer recycled plastic (PCR) "live" at Fakuma 2023.