Left to right: Joe Trompeter (VP Sales), Andreas Fechner (VP Operations), Jason ONeil (Marketing Manager), Karl Asendorf (President)
OPTIBELT CONTINUES ITS EXPANSION
The Arntz OPTIBELT Group, worldwide leading manufacturer of high-performance drive belts, is continuing its expansion strategy and further expanding its logistics and distribution structure in North and South America this year.
In August 2013, a new warehouse is opening in Hortolandia, São Paulo, Brazil. In addition, the company has just moved into a larger and more modern warehouse in Chicago, USA. Currently, the Arntz OPTIBELT Group owns eight locations in North and South American with a total storage surface area of 10,000 square metres.
“Since opening the first location in Chicago, we supply the entire USA,” said Reinhold Mühlbeyer, chairman of Arntz OPTIBELT Group’s managing board. “Meanwhile, large geographic distances and high customer expectations require a strategic expansion in good time. By opening further locations in North and South America, we are responding to the ever-increasing demand in due time and can reduce our delivery times.
“We have increased our turnover in North and South American by more than 60 percent. In the US American market, we have even more than doubled it since 2006. At the same time, the company’s staff has grown. - The number of employees have almost tripled since we entered the market,” added Karl Asendorf, managing director of the sales in North and South America. “Besides the product range, sales and marketing have also adapted to the characteristics of the American Market and become further professionalised through employee trainings.”
In North and South American, the high-performance drive belts of the Arntz OPTIBELT Group are being used in the oil and gas industry, agriculture, and in cellulose and paper manufacturing. In Canada and Mexico, German quality products are used in the mining industry in copper, coal, silver and gold mines.
Since 1977, starting from the headquarters in Chicago in the USA, further warehousing and distribution sites have been established in Greenville, South Carolina (2006), Los Angeles, California (2009) and Dallas, Texas (2011). In 2012, openings in Mexico and Montreal followed.