INglass has been steadily growing in the last five consecutive years with a CAGR (Compound annual growth rate) of 20 %. The worldwide automotive crisis affected everyone in different ways. This change in the market allowed INglass to re-direct its focus to other industries and markets of which Packaging became a market of continued growth. This period of time allowed for the continuation of new technology that impacted our presence and position within the Automotive markets. IC InterConnect Results, the most important market research of the sector, positioned HRSflow in the third place worldwide for the production of hot runner systems in the automotive field, with the highest growth rate of the market in the 2015. Considering all the applications, HRSflow is positioned in the sixth place globally.
We have patented a number of breakthrough technologies, such as the FLEXflow,Fail Safe and Plastic Glazing systems, which have made significant changes to the world of injection moulding. Moreover we have under evaluation 110 patents.INglass Group employs approximately 190 people dedicated to R&D, Product engineering and other improvement activities. In 2015 the Company invested approximately the 2% of the consolidated turnover. We believe in innovation, it’s our main driver.
INglass has always considered people one of the most important resources to achieve the corporate mission. The average worldwide age of staff is 37 years and for management it is 44 years. We have a worldwide global structure that allows us to cover more than 50 countries. In all productions plants there are employees of different foreign nationalities, with the highest number of represented nationalities, equal to 13, in Italy.
Italy, France, China for ERMO division. Italy, China, USA for HRSflow division. We have invested heavily in robots and automated lines which run 24/7, to ensure a more precise, reliable and stable production process. Our production performance are the same around the world, since our factories boast identical equipment and standard processes . Our design, production and quality procedures are identical, wherever they are located.