Fagus-GreCon: a new universal machining centre

The German company expands its mould making machine park for industrial shoe production, using state-of-the-art technology that optimises quality and offers short times to delivery while respecting the environment

New project opportunities for customers, greater efficiency and more sustainability: with the addition of a new universal milling machine to its machine park, Fagus-GreCon is strengthening its business unit for shoe lasts and moulds. With this important investment in a new five-axis universal machining centre with cutting-edge technology, the Germany company supports its claim of “being a quality leader with solutions from a single source for global automated shoe production”, confirmed Michael Gawronski, managing director at Fagus-GreCon and head of the “Fagus shoe lasts & moulds” business unit, during the inauguration of the new machine.

The new machine used to produce aluminium moulds, aluminium lasts, and plastic lasts for direct soling in fact offers remarkable advantages both in terms of efficiency and sustainability.

From one end, it greatly simplifies the preparation for production of moulds for shoe production, doing without any elaborate equipment processes, while offering a higher pallet system capacity to increase the raw material feed. In this way, lasts, moulds, and other milled products can be automatically produced in the course of several days, without requiring any supervision, thereby creating the prerequisites for short-term implementation of customer projects that demand timely delivery. “Short times to delivery are vital. – explains Sebastian Möhle, head of production of the business unit “Fagus shoe lasts & moulds” – Producers are facing many challenges at the moment, e.g. increasing prices and transport delays. We aim to offer short times to delivery as reliable partners without accepting any compromises in quality,”

From the other end, the new universal milling machine, which replaces the two old machines from the inventory, significantly reduces CO2 emissions: calculations suggest that the lower power consumption will save approx. 84 tons of the greenhouse gas per year, corresponding to the CO2 amount bound by 6,720 beech trees per year. This is coherent with the measures already taken by the German company to clearly reduce its carbon dioxide emissions worldwide, both through the use of renewable energy sources (the photovoltaic facility that covers part of the company’s energy demand), and through further projects currently in the planning stage.