Haas Automation Europe, the European arm of US machine tool builder Haas Automation Inc., has relocated to its new 3,500-m² headquarters and showroom in Zavantem, Belgium, just 10 minutes from the Brussels airport.
The move, which was substantially completed during the first two weeks of May, comes only three years after the company first opened its European operations at Brussels’ Paespsem Business Park. Since then, Haas’s business in Europe has increased dramatically, and the company has outgrown its original location.
In addition to providing expanded office space, the €4-million ($5-million) new building incorporates a 750-m² showroom, allowing some 25 Haas machines from the company’s extensive and growing range of CNC machine tools to be exhibited and demonstrated simultaneously.
As Haas Europe Managing Director Peter Hall puts it, the relocation marks an important milestone for the company.
“Since establishing Haas Europe we’ve exceeded our annual sales targets in all of the key European markets,” Hall says. “In the past year alone, we’ve experienced a sales increase of more than 80%. This is in line with the growth Haas has enjoyed in other markets around the world, and reflects the universal appeal of low-cost, high-quality CNC machines.”
The new headquarters also includes a massive, comprehensive spare parts warehouse run by factory certified support personnel, which will provide same-day dispatch for more than 90% of requisitions, and dispatch 100% of requisitions within 24 hours. The new facility also includes a modern, fully equipped training area and classroom where Haas personnel will instruct Haas service engineers and customers from all over the Continent.
“As both our European customer base and our distributor network increase, we intend to offer the best service and support in the industry,” Hall says. “Our investment in the new office and showroom will help ensure we do just that.”
Haas Automation Europe handles the European operations of Haas Automation Inc., the largest machine tool manufacturer in the United States, which is headquartered in California.