VTW Austria – hall 1 booth 1117
Indian mouldmaking group Vasantha establishes VTW in Austria
After a construction period of only nine months, the European headquarters of the Indian tool making group VTC (Vasantha Tool Crafts) in Waidhofen, Austria went into operation in May of this year. It operates under the name VTW (Vasantha Tool Waidhofen) GmbH, reminiscent of the former toolmaking company KTW in Waidhofen. The latter has developed over 40 years from 1979 into one of the leading suppliers of closure systems and high-performance injection moulds for closures. At Fakuma, VTW will celebrate its trade fair debut in hall 1, booth 1117.
VTW functions as a majority-owned subsidiary and the European headquarters for VTC. The facility went into operation, in May this year as VTW (Vasantha Tool Waidhofen) GmbH. The name reflects former toolmaking company KTW, which was also based in Waidhofen for over 40 years. VTW was founded in 2019 VTC, as majority shareholder, with four former Husky-KTW executives, including Managing Director Manfred Schinko.
KTW had established a reputation as one of the leading suppliers of systems and high-performance injection moulds for closures – a legacy that VTC seeks to build upon by establishing its European centre of excellence and a competence and production centre for tool and mould making. It will complement the Vasantha North American Technical Center in West-chester, Ohio, which manufactures micro injection moulds for medical LSR moulded and medical precision parts.
The new production premises are equipped with the latest technologies for achieving high levels of efficiency and environmental standards. The factory is built to a compact design and uses thermal building core activation for temperature control via the building fabric, heat pumps and heat recovery systems. The planned addition of a photovoltaic system and the sourcing of other electricity from wind and water energy means that VTW is poised to become a CO2 -neutral company in the short term.
The factory is equipped with machinery that offers advanced levels of precision, efficiency and automation. The IoT-capable equipment, in combination with the integrated ERP and MES systems already installed, are the basis for digital manufacturing, which has already been implemented in some areas.
Focus on multi-cavity high performance moulds
The focus of the Vasantha Group at the Austrian VTW facility will be high-performance injection moulds, for applications in a range of sectors. Its machines will produce pharmaceutical closures and components; medical technology and laboratory components; beverage closures, sports caps and closures for carton packages for liquids; tamper-evident caps and packages, as well as child-resistant closures; dosing and pouring systems; and flip-top closures and spray caps.
Performance test and qualification included
All moulds are tested, optimised and qualified in-house. Applications are tested to the respective customer requirements under practical conditions. The company has three high-performance injection moulding machines with clamping forces from 1,500-6,500 kN available on site. In addition, VTW offers bays, equipped with all the necessary infrastructure facilities, for qualification of customer-specified production cells.