PREPARED FOR EVERY EVENTUALITY
Trend Rejlek, a young subsidiary of Rejlek Metal & Plastics Group, primarily serves customers in the automotive and electric industry and has increased annual sales of 10 to 15% since the beginning.
Trend Rejlek, a young subsidiary of Rejlek Metal & Plastics Group, primarily serves customers in the automotive and electric industry and has increased annual sales of 10 to 15% since the beginning. The biggest challenge as a supplier was to be able to react quickly to customer requests. For example, with versatile storage machines. The Trend Rejlek Ltd. was founded in 2008 at the location of Martin in Slovakia, as a joint venture of Rejlek Metal & Plastics Group and Trend Technologies Group, USA. Around 25% of yearly revenues Trend Rejlek generates through injection modeling – 18 machines from 800-5300 kN – including five fully electric models of the Zhafir Venus II series and two servo-hydraulic Haitian Mars series. We spoke on spot with the Managing Director Peter Lences.
After asking about a good start and the successful company development, Lences says: “Our major competitive advantage is that we can offer both injection molding, as well as overmolding of metal components and cutting. Many of our customers opt for us as a supplier for this very reason. On one hand Trend Rejlek is very versatile – production is certified according to ISO TS 16949, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 – and on the other hand one can take advantage of the numerous synergies of the cooperation and the exchange of experience within the company groups. The manufactory of the Vienna International, for example, is a 100% subsidiary Reijlek on the same site and produces machine components and cutting tools.
“Trend Rejlek is still a young company which of course would like gain insight off of the experiences of its parent companies,” Lences admits openly. Nevertheless, he appreciates the opportunity to build up an autonomous company culture that is independent of the group. Currently, Trend Rejlek has 145 employees, divided into three layers throughout the 5-day work week. The atmosphere is relaxed even though there is work to do. “We have about four to five strategic key customers and other small customers for whom we carry out individual projects. This is a healthy mix and helps to make us quite stable. Our claim is to know the customer well enough to respond quickly to any changes in design or shape. So we equip the machine as best as possible so that we are prepared for all eventualities.” Automation inevitably occurs naturally due to rising labor costs. Even though flexibility is a big issue for Lences as well, for him it’s less about product life cycles – normally five to six years – but much more about the reaction strength with new inquiries. “The customer requests a project and expects that we can act immediately. It does not matter whether we have the right machine for this. And in turn the pressure is then passed onto the machine supplier”, he says smiling slyly. “Good for those who can offer reasonably flexible storage machines like Haitian International.”
Production with a total of 15 injection molding machines, including 4 Venus machines and 1 servo hydraulic Mars machine.
Since 2010, Haitian and Zhafir machines run at Trend Rejlek in Martin. The all-electric Venus has particularly impressed him, for their extensive standard equipment gives Trend Rejlek the opportunity to drive a variety of applications. Through the “attractive price compared to hydraulic or hybrid solutions” for Lences the crucial question “hydraulically or electrically” doesn’t really arise. The trend for him clearly leans towards full electrics. “In this case the Venus simply scores: quiet, energy saving and precise. And never oil under the machine.”
Finally, we asked Lences what he would wish for the future of its equipment suppliers. “As I said, we get a project request from the customer, are responsible for the tool and ask our suppliers for the right machine. I may not always know what or if there is anything new, so I would like to rely on a comprehensive recommendation. Because sometimes we only have six to nine months of time. So why not maintain semi-mounted machines in storage, to then specify them with options according to the customer wishes? We agree. Warehouse equipment “to go”. That’s exactly what Haitian International Germany aspires. The capacity for this has already been created by the expansion of the site at Haitian International Germany.