October 2018: Linz, Austria – WFL takes over 100% of FRAI Elektromaschinenbau GmbH.
FRAI was founded in 1984 and is focusing on automation solutions in the machine tool industry. CEO and founder, Aitzetmüller Friedrich, is going to retire after an agreed transition period. He was on the search for a successor for his company, which he found in WFL Millturn Technologies,a manufacturer of multifunctional complete machining centers based in Linz.
The perfect symbiosis of highly productive machinery and manufacturing solutions combined with automation solutions will reform the WFL product portfolio from now on. WFL takes over 100% of FRAI Elektromaschinenbau Gesellschaft m.b.H as of October 2018. That is to say, there will be a complete takeover of the trade name, the established customers, the reference projects, the production capacity as well as of FRAI’s professional staff. However, the office and production site will remain in St. Konrad (about 50km from Linz). Mr. Aitzetmüller, CEO and founder of FRAI, remains responsible for the operational management for a defined period of time to ensure a smooth integration.
Automation solutions have always been a constant companion when it comes to the decision whether to buy a MILLTURN or not. Especially regarding the smaller sized MILLTURN series, automation becomes essential. Digitalization demands an increasing offer of automation solutions as well. “Automation solutions are of crucial importance to many of our customers or are even a precondition for placing an order in several cases. By taking over FRAI Elektromaschinenbau GmbH we will be able to offer these solutions“, emphasizes Mr. Jungreithmayr, CEO of WFL Millturn Technologies. WFL Millturn Technologies and FRAI Elektromaschinenbau GmbH have already been connected through a long-standing partnership in the area of automation solutions. „We are very pleased about the acquisition, as FRAI perfectly complements our existing manufacturing solutions and we consider the expansion of our automation competence and individual automation solutions to be a significant success factor in the future”, says Mr. Norbert Jungreithmayr, CEO of WFL.
WFL Millturn Technologies GmbH & Co. KG:
WFL Millturn Technologies GmbH & Co. KG is the leading supplier in the field of complete machining.
WFL is the only manufacturer worldwide that concentrates on the production of multifunctional complete machining centres. In many high tech companies today, the trade name MILLTURN stands for the central machine tool for the production of complex components with the highest precision. The modular design of the MILLTURN centres and individual special solutions guarantee perfect adaptation to the relevant manufacturing task.
With a MILLTURN, customers are not only purchasing a CNC machine that meets the very highest demands for quality and precision, they are also gaining an unbeatable competitive advantage. 30 years' experience in complete machining and thousands of solutions guarantee that WFL customers will get the most efficient and reliable machinery.
WFL is employing more than 450 people worldwide.
FRAI Elektromaschinenbau GmbH (FRAI Robot Systems):
Since 1984 one of the main parts of the company is the automation of machine tools. The production range comprehends two main products, gantry robots and robot cells with articulated robots.
The basic goal is to create systems with a maximum benefit for the customer. This is only possible with a high quality standard and the knowledge of approx. 35 high skilled employees. That makes FRAI successful. FRAI is able to design flexible solutions for small lots up to series production. According to this FRAI is supplier for small companies as well as for industrial groups in all Europe.
Main objective is to permanently solve new requirements and special customer demands by the use of newest technical possibilities and by the aid of intelligent automation concepts. From the first consideration to the realisation, until to the service and maintenance, FRAI is your partner for your automation project!