“70 percent of the parts produced on our machines are for e-mobility”
Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH is positioned for the future with system solutions and digital business models.
Due to the digital transformation, e-mobility, larger components and smaller quantities, machine tool manufacturing is facing enormous challenges and must adapt to changing customer requirements. Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH (SW) demonstrates how this can be done successfully. It has been working towards this change for years. The pillars of its success are complete system solutions, digital business models and an early focus on e-mobility.
“Thanks to the order backlog from 2021 and the extremely high order intake in the first quarter of 2022, we have made a very good start to the current financial year,” Markus Schmolz, Commercial Managing Director of SW, reads from the current figures. The company, which is headquartered in Waldmössingen, Germany, develops and produces high-precision machine tools with customised automation solutions. The growth is not spontaneous, but is driven by megatrends. “At least 70 percent of the parts produced on our new machines are for e-mobility,” explains Stefan Weber, Managing Director of Production & Technology at SW. “We also see very great potential in this market in the future.”
Over nearly 30 years, SW has secured a firm place for itself worldwide as an equipment supplier to automotive suppliers, the so-called Tier1 and Tier2. In this context, the company has traditionally been regarded as a specialist for large-scale production of 10,000 parts a year or more. SW’s multi-spindle machine tools are unique because they produce up to four parts simultaneously with the highest precision. Components like the ABS valve block for brakes also have a future in electric cars. The situation is different for many hundreds of components that have so far been needed for combustion engines and transmissions. For years, SW has been supporting suppliers with newly developed machines to set up additional production lines parallel to existing production. This enables suppliers to begin to manufacture components for electromobility in smaller quantities.