AWL is a machine builder with a social heart, a global player with a local soul. We call our customers collaboration partners. Different cultures, languages and countries are in daily contact with each other at AWL. Learning from each other, working together, living together. We work on solutions that these times demand of us, on issues such as digitization, automation and logistics.
As a system integrator, AWL delivers added value as a specialist in the design and construction of smart (modular) machines. Our strength lies in three disciplines: joining techniques, (logistics) automation and assembly techniques. Our portfolio includes laser welding, arc welding, resistance welding, glued joints, vision systems, product handling, quality control and traceability. At AWL, we focus on the automotive, metalworking and logistics industries, where high levels of automation and a high degree of flexibility are essential.
With branches in the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, China, Mexico, the United States and the United Kingdom, we support our customers all over the world. This guarantees our customers’ global productivity by means of smart and reliable solutions in the field of high-end automation, robotization, machine vision and joining techniques.
AWL is a private company with over 600 employees worldwide.
The lead that AWL had with laser welding technology made AWL the preferred supplier for suppliers to the automotive industry. Each year, AWL machines make parts for ten million cars worldwide. AWL has retained the ability, despite its size, to adapt quickly in order to continue to meet customer needs.
AWL invests heavily in research and development. The Research & Development department has grown in number of employees fivefold in six years. This department is an important part of the foresight of the company and thus in ensuring the future, in new technologies and markets. Our customers benefit from this too.
As a company, AWL distinguishes itself by being an attractive employer, where ‘being good for others’ forms the core. AWL gives employees room for personal development. This creates an energetic environment, in which opportunities and ideas are welcome and contribute to the best solutions for our customers.
In the last 30 years, AWL has built up a reputation of a company that has the courage to invest; in sustainable customer relationships, new developments, technologies, education, employees and in itself.
“It is our mission to ensure that our customers in the automotive and manufacturing industries achieve the highest productivity levels for their worldwide product and logistics processes by supplying smart and reliable solutions in the field of high-end automation, robotization and joining technology.”
“In a quickly shifting market, we are convinced that in the coming years, automation and robotization will shape the world in which we live and work. AWL retains a leading position through innovation and strong partnership.”
On June 10, 1993, AWL-Techniek starts from a company takeover of Aarding Weerstandlas BV. This is the beginning of the transition from a manufacturer for construction work to a partner in the automotive and machine industries.
AWL grows rapidly and moves from Nunspeet to the new location on the Nobelstraat in Harderwijk.
Only resistance welding no longer suffices for AWL. Due to the rising demand for arc welding processes, AWL creates its first standard arc welding cells.
From a Dutch machine builder to a European machine builder to a global machine builder. In 2002, AWL sees the first intercontinental sales of its machines. Another new era full of opportunities dawns for AWL.
The laser welding technique is still little used in machine building, but AWL sees a huge opportunity here. The first laser expert enters employment and the laser laboratory is set up. AWL is one of the few companies that masters this technique so well. This means an economic and technological advantage for AWL.
More and more companies in the market settle in Eastern Europe and our customers ask if we can supply from the Czech Republic. In 2006, AWL opens its second branch: AWL-Techniek CZ s.r.o.
The year 2008 is marked by professionalism. AWL has grown enormously, and that requires a clear focus. Quality is of paramount importance and the professional knowledge is there: it is time to position AWL in the market more firmly. AWL introduces its slogan; Keeps you ahead in automated welding, and AWL chooses to position itself with the AWL DNA: Smart reliable partner.
In previous years we invested heavily in laser welding, the effect of this is only noticeable in 2010. Despite the crisis in the automotive industry, various orders are still taken, thanks to the specialist knowledge of laser welding.
AWL experiences an explosive growth. In 2011, AWL passes an important milestone: AWL becomes the market leader in the seating segment of the automotive industry
AWL is 20 years old! This year is again marked by investments. AWL follows its customers’ and suppliers’ sales markets and has now, in addition to the Czech Republic, also a branch in China.
The Czech branch grows rapidly and it is time for an expansion of AWL CZ. AWL also takes over 90% of MechDes in order to have engineering expertise in-house.
The world is changing. To maintain a competitive edge in the market, innovation is more important than ever for AWL. Therefore AWL decides to focus on Research & Development and to expand this department. One of the R&D projects is modularization. This approach ensures that AWL appeals to its customers with greater flexibility, reduced lead times and lower prices.
To be a global partner and to deliver locally, in 2016 AWL crosses the ocean and opens an office in Mexico. The Czech branch is expanded with an additional production facility, and in China a new plant is taken into use, thus creating double capacity.
To strengthen the partnership with customers, AWL opens a branch in the United States. The American automobile industry provides new opportunities for AWL. In addition, the Czech branch expands again and AWL buys ICS Robotics and Automation Ltd, in the United Kingdom. The 2,500th robot was sold and the first e-battery project is sold, thanks to the increasing demand for electric cars.
AWL is 25 years old, and that is celebrated in style! The Czech branch was expanded again this year. It is also time for a new corporate identity, in line with our global and professional identity: Ensuring Global Productivity.
A new market opens up in 2020; we sell the first logistics automation project. In addition to the delivery of the machines, AWL now also provides solutions for the logistics process around the loading of the machine and the distribution of the produced parts. Also, the head office in Harderwijk moves from the Nobelstraat to the Keplerstraat.