Swedish yacht equipment manufacturer Rutgerson has announced that it is investing heavily in automation and advanced machining technology. The latest investment, a five-axis Mazak INTEGREX e-410 multi-tasking machine tool, means production can take place 24/7, including hours when the factory is unmanned.

“The new machine allows us to streamline the production processes and rise the quality even further by reducing the number of machines and set-ups required to make a component,” says production manager Carl-William Rutgerson. “It also enables us to produce smaller series and more complex details.”

The company has also taken delivery of an advanced cooperative UR-robot, and an automatic vacuum forming machine from ILLIG which can transform large sheets (1m x 1.5m) of thermoplastic into any shape. Both can be seen in action during Rutgerson’s yearly open house and factory tour in the last weekend of August.

Unlike many companies that are moving production to low-cost countries, Rutgerson says it will remain in Sweden. “By keeping all our production in-house, we have full control of the quality throughout the production process,” Rutgerson adds. “It also saves costs for transport and enable us to keep smaller stock than our competitors. This makes us more flexible and allows us to adapt quickly to customer requirements.”

Rutgerson is a leading manufacturer of sail and deck hardware. The family-owned business was established in 1976 and is located in Marstrand on the Swedish west coast.