2021: A year of milestones
2021 has definitely been a year of milestones here at Eagle. From production area expansion to product innovation, unmatched laser powers to new showrooms, as the year reaches an end, we're nothing but grateful for the accomplishments we couldn't have seen through without our customers' trust.
Our 15th anniversary
2021 marked our 15th anniversary, and we would have loved to celebrate in full fanfare with all our Eagle team members, business partners, and customers worldwide. But safety comes first, and given the pandemic restrictions, we hosted an intimate celebration at our headquarters. It's been a fantastic 15 years throughout which we have reached five continents and, even though we celebrate the past, our eyes will always be in the future. That's us. Innovation is our thing.
Innovation on every front
Speaking of innovation, this year, we released a new and improved version of our eRs Cloud reporting system that allows full access to the machine data from anywhere around the globe. In an era where remote working is changing the way we handle business, we developed a fully configurable tool that allows users to create dynamic dashboards and access real-time data in the palm of their hands.
To add to the innovation highlights, we also started producing our own linear motors this year, several of which have already been installed on our machines. Manufacturing key components gives us an immense advantage over quality control, availability, and further improvement of the parts.
At EAGLE we are always working on new ways to develop better and more efficient machinery. We often say that the cutting head is the queen of components which is why we are committed to constantly improving it, and this year a new version of our patented eVa cutting head saw the light. Increased focusing speed, durability, top quality, and accuracy are the eVa's cornerstones and the reason why it's the best choice out there.
A year marked by high powers
2021 also saw the largest machine in our history leave the production hall. We delivered a custom-made 10kW iNspire with a massive 3m x 8m table to one of our Polish customers. Giant machines aside, it was undoubtedly a high-power year. The interest in 20kW fiber lasers is constantly increasing due to their countless advantages, and we knew this meant a significant opportunity. This year we confirmed it, especially in the American market, where they proved to have the highest demand.
While on the high-power subject, the #PowerYourFuture campaign opened with the much-awaited premiere of our 30kW machine, proving once more that, when innovation is in your DNA, fiber laser technology has unlimited possibilities. We revealed the fastest and most powerful fiber laser cutter in the market with great success at Blechexpo in Stuttgart, surrounded by enthusiastic visitors that got to see its full capabilities live.
Also in Stuttgart, we opened the doors to our new showroom. Germany is one of our hubs, and this showroom's strategic location in the center of Europe makes it an ideal meeting point for our representatives and customers, whom we're sure will want to stop by and check out the 30kW iNspire 1530.
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New spaces, new faces
The past year we grew both in terms of production area and staff members. Fall 2021 witnessed the opening of our new production hall, which is only the first part of the EAGLE Complex expansion currently under construction. Our team also grew by 25% with new members in all our branches, and we look forward to welcoming more talents in 2022. On this note, the Eagle Team Summit in September was our first worldwide meeting post-pandemic. Team members enjoyed a two-day event full of riveting presentations, training sessions, and plenty of networking opportunities.
The comeback of face-to-face meetings
Trade shows were finally back in business after a long break due to COVID-19. Throughout 2021 we were at Metalloobrabotka in Moscow and Fabtech in Chicago. Then there were the Dutch Metal Days in the Netherlands, Hi Tech & Industry Scandinavia in Denmark, Blechexpo in Germany, and MetalMadrid in Spain. It was an absolute joy to meet in person again, and we certainly hope next year brings more fruitful gatherings.
The past year also brought innovative ways to present our latest technologies: online cutting shows and open days. Online shows proved to be great platforms to exhibit our machines in action. While the laser cutters dealt with various materials and thicknesses, statistics were displayed on the screen, and a live chat allowed participants to ask questions during transmissions. The most satisfying part? Showing the ready cut pieces from every angle.
As for open days, we tested this set-up in Denmark with great success. Stakeholders from all over Scandinavia arrived at the Eagle Randers showroom to see our machine cutting their previously submitted designs and talk to our experts. We plan to expand this exciting new format into different markets in the future.
A well-deserved recognition
To finish with a flourish, 2021 was the second year we received a Forbes Diamond, an award handed over to Poland's most dynamically developing companies. It's a pride and honor to be among the strongest players in the national economy. This recognition only motivates us to continue growing, innovating, and creating the highest-performing fiber laser machines out there.
As we say farewell to 2021, we're ready to receive 2022 with open arms and even greater expectations!