Bystronic invests in market with partner acquisition, assembles first cutting machine in the US

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Left to right: Marius van der Hoeven, managing director Bystronic Germany and Benelux; Patrick van den Berg and Martin van de Weg, former owners Weber Laserservice BV; Marco de Jong, managing director Bystronic Benelux

Bystronic has acquired 100 per cent of service partner and second-hand laser cutting specialist, Weber Laserservice. 

This investment is designed to enable the Swiss sheet metalworking equipment manufacturer to provide more efficient customer service, with the added benefits of strengthening its market position and providing a boost to the second-hand machinery market.

As well as the maintenance, training, installation, and sales of Bystronic laser cutting machines Weber Laserservice also plays an important role in the second-hand market for laser cutting systems. The integration will add these services to Bystronic’s portfolio - which includes service and support for flatbed lasers, pressbrakes, automation and software - for tube processing, allowing customers to receive support from a single source.

Marco de Jong, managing director at Bystronic said: ‘This move will make us the largest and most potent service and support organisation in the increasingly dynamic market, and this both on-site with our customers and in the back office. A highly experienced and superbly trained team of technicians can now provide even more effective and prompt support for customers of every size and for every generation of Bystronic machine’

Patrick van den Berg and Martin van de Weg, former owners of Weber Laserservice added: The pooling of the strengths of these two companies will lead to significant additional synergies, which will translate into a considerable added value for the customers.

Both companies categorically agree that there will be no staff layoffs.

In another step along the investment trail, Bystronic has also recently achieved a major investment milestone in America, with a new Experience Centre at its Hoffman Estates, Illinois facility, complete with the introduction of its first-ever laser cutting machine for the area. This demonstrates the company’s commitment to the North American market by providing locally assembled machinery to reduce overall lead time, installation time, and import costs.

Bystronic has achieved a major milestone with its first US-assembled BySmart Fiber laser cutting machine

The new BySmart Fiber machine will be shipped virtually fully assembled to most locations in order to reduce the installation time at the customer’s premises by as much as 65 per cent. The machines will be inspected and tested in the U.S. plant before shipment.

The plan is that from Autumn of this year, the BySmart Fiber 4020 will also be assembled at the U.S. facility, for which a grand opening is scheduled for September.