GREENSBORO, NC - In March 2010, the Brakel-Erkeln firm Vauth-Sagel started production at its US-American Greensboro/North Carolina site, where it plans to make functional furniture fittings for the local market.

The driving force behind establishing a local production facility is the continuing low US$-Euroe exchange rate.

 “We manufacture certain plastic carousels exclusively for the US," explains Claus Sagel, Managing Director and Shareholder of the Vauth-Sagel Group. “And a constant exchange rate simply makes manufacturing this product group in Europe no longer feasible.”

Plastic carousels for the US market
Currently, plastic carousels do not play a major role within the European kitchen furniture industry. However, they are extremely popular in the U.S. For this reason, the company has relocated the relevant tools, which to date were housed at the company’s headquarters in Brakel-Erkeln, to its site in Greensboro.

Initially, the unit will employ a staff of 15 employees here, with up to 50 jobs planned for the future. The owner-run company’s strategic goal is to improve its local competitiveness. Furthermore, Vauth-Sagel plans to use its broad plastic injection moulding know-how in the U.S.

Vauth-Sagel markets the polymer carousel program under the product name VSusan in the USA; the program includes Kidney, Piecut and Fullround shelves in sizes of 18’’, 24’’, 28’’ and 32’’ in white and almond color.

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