Effective October 1, 2011, an agreement was reached by American Wera, Inc. here and MAE Götzen GmbH of Erkrath, Germany for representation of the MAE line of straightening presses, wheel set presses and hydraulic presses in the North American market, comprising Canada, Mexico and the U.S. For MAE, American Wera will supply equipment, application engineering, onsite commissioning, training and all after-sale service, operating from its headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan and sales and service center in Queretaro, Mexico. The company's existing network of sales representatives will handle this new line, under the direction of Product Manager for MAE, Joseph Kemple.
MAE offers a broad line of manual, semi-automatic and automatic straightening equipment with press forces to 25,000 kN, used particularly in the automotive, heavy equipment, steel, rail and OCTG markets on round, profiled and complex shaped workpieces in lengths up to 100 feet. MAE machines possess the high accuracy and repeatability necessary for extremely tight straightening tolerances on such large workpieces. Depending upon the workpiece, the type of machine may be electromechanical or hydraulic. All hydraulic presses are equipped with the MAE patented BiPAC hydraulic control systems for large energy savings. Finally, MAE also offers special application presses in C-frame, as well as four-column styles with press forces to 10,000 kN. These special application presses are typically used in forming and calibration.
Scott Knoy, vice president of sales for American Wera, states, "We believe the MAE line will complement our existing equipment, making us a greater value adder to current customers, plus it will open new markets where our expertise can be helpful to a variety of end product manufacturers." Executing the agreement were American Wera President Walter Friedrich and MAE Managing Director Ruediger Goetzen.