Growth for AMK that’s great for North America
Jan 18, 2019
At the beginning of the Christian Advent season, Tom Jensen and I flew to our company’s global headquarters in Kirchheim unter Teck, Germany. This quaint town, located in the Stuttgart region in southwest Germany, sits in the foothills of the Swabian Alps.
It is home to the AMK Group, a family-owned company that has been a leader in electric drive technology, control technology, industrial automation engineering and automotive areas for more than 50 years.
Like most towns in the region, Kirchheim and the neighboring communities were preparing for Christkindlmarket. Unlike those in the US, these markets fill the entire downtown square and are visited by everyone in the surrounding area. Their history dates to the 1500s when farmers would bring food to sell to the townspeople and innovative craftsmen and women would sell homemade ornaments and decorations.
Small Village, Big Innovator
Kirchheim is a center of innovation. Our customers benefit from AMK Group engineering experience and technologies by keeping their machines in motion. AMK’s leading technology solutions include servo motors, intelligent servo converters, PLC controls, or e powertrain solutions for the automotive industry.
We’re excited to share the added benefits from the several growth strategies AMK Group has outlined for this year and beyond.
- Production and administrative support are expanding as the company is projecting double digit sales growth this year
- A new facility is being constructed in Kirchheim, near headquarters, as we expand the business
- An increase in AMK’s participation in the ITQ Innovation Lab in Munich, which has a technological focus on software and automation technology within the machine
Manufacturing Optimism Looks Bright in 2019
Our company’s growth mirrors manufacturing growth in the US and globally. A survey by the VDMA, the mechanical and plant engineering industry in Germany, indicates a strong 28 percent increase in orders from German manufacturers year-over-year to close out 2018. The driving force was attributed to foreign business, which increased 39 percent compared to in-German orders which only rose five percent.
In addition, VDMA survey participants predict trends in industrial automation will continue to be realized in IoT (the Internet of Things), modularization and decentralization.
Here in the US, manufacturing had a phenomenal 2018 and manufacturers remain very optimistic about business conditions overall for 2019, according to the Q4 National Association of Manufacturing Outlook Index. Optimism among manufacturers for 2018 reached a record high of 92.4%.
It parallels the optimism that children in Kirchheim (and around the world) have on Christmas Eve. They attentively await a ringing of a bell that signals the Christ child has delivered presents. We all know what happens next.
Here’s to continued optimism in 2019 and to an abundance of cool technological presents and automation.
To learn more about AMK Automation, call us at 847-565-2652 or reserve a meeting with our engineers at ProMat 2019, Booth S-2095, April 8-11, in Chicago. Register to attend the show by clicking the link.