HIROTEC AMERICA Introduces the Game-Changing Horizontal Hemming Press

Auburn Hills, MI., September 13, 2011 – HIROTEC AMERICA, Inc. (HAI), an automotive supplier specializing in closure bodyshop assembly tooling and hemming systems, recently introduced the patent pending, horizontal hemming press. This highly innovative press and die style hemming solution is used to hem the outer and inner panels of automotive body-in-white (BIW) closures, such as doors, hood, liftgate, endgate, etc.

Current methods used to hem four products (e.g., the front and rear doors of a vehicle) require a combination of tooling, including multiple presses and/or a die change system. For a press and die system, the user will need four presses, one for each product, or are a single press with a multi-model die changer.

Through its cutting edge design, HIROTEC’s horizontal press will radically change the automotive hemming industry. This innovative hemming press houses four dies in a single structure, providing a 73% floor space savings, along with 75% energy or operations cost reduction. Additionally, the horizontal hemming press can accommodate reusing existing hem press components, which further reduces the initial capital investment.

“Through our Japanese heritage of kaizen/kaikaku, HIROTEC AMERICA continually strives to bring forth products and services that will revolutionize how BIW closures are produced. The horizontal hemming press is a perfect example of our dedication to continuously evolving technology, while maintaining HIROTEC’s high quality standard,” stated Jim Toeniskoetter, President and COO of HIROTEC AMERICA.

The horizontal press recently completed its durability testing and is now available for immediate installation in automotive manufacturing plants worldwide.

HIROTEC AMERICA, Inc. is part of the HIROTEC Group Companies that has worldwide sales in excess of 1.4 billion dollars and 21 locations worldwide. For over 20 years, HIROTEC AMERICA has been providing innovative and highly flexible closure manufacturing solutions to automotive customers around the world. For more information, please visit www.hirotecamerica.com.

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