KHS invests €20 million in modernising Dortmund site
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The KHS Group has invested €20 million in modernising its headquarters on Juchostraße in Dortmund, Germany. In a bundle of measures underway since 2015, the company has built an approximately 4,300m² production shop and has fully renovated another.
The last construction machines will disappear in the spring, marking the end of the extensive process optimisation and other measures at the KHS production site in Dortmund. According to plant manager, Dr Joachim Konrad, these were absolutely essential to strengthen KHS’ competitiveness. “As a company active worldwide we find ourselves in a competitive situation and want to carry on manufacturing in Germany. We’ve therefore further digitalised and automated our infrastructure and processes in Production.”
Through its new production shop, KHS has created conditions that enable the relevant technology for container and pack conveyors to be merged and order processing to become more efficient. KHS has also modernised one of the oldest production buildings on the company premises. With an investment volume of €6 million for this project, the engineering company has renewed the shop floor and roof and also optimised its Sheet Metal Manufacturing Department housed in the hall, incorporating new technology that includes a faster, more efficient fiber laser, a combined punching/laser machine and a larger, fully networked sheet metal warehouse.
“Demands are becoming more complex. Like when you configure a new car nowadays, we can customize our filling and packaging systems to suit the precise requirements of the respective customer,” stated Konrad.
“We cater for the huge individualism of each customer with our cleverly compiled, standardised product modules that allow systems to be designed and constructed in automated processes.”
KHS says local employees can also profit from the site’s extensive modernisation. KHS has renewed the factory canteen and various office complexes, including the workstations in various company departments. With around 1,200 personnel, the company in Dortmund manufactures machines for labelling, pasteurisation and bottle washing, among other equipment, plus container conveyor technology for industrial beverage production.
For KHS, the modernisation is a big commitment to the production facilities on Juchostraße, says Konrad. “The Dortmund plant is extremely important to the KHS Group, also because of its standing as our international company headquarters. With our investments we’re making it fit for the future. This sends out a strong signal to the regional economy.”
KHS also aims to make local commitments beyond this; the enterprise is helping to devise a Science 2.0 master plan that the Dortmund council adopted in November of last year. In the field of production technology, KHS is engaged in an exchange of expertise together with representatives from other companies and the TU Dortmund. “We’re pleased to be doing our bit for a strong regional economy and can apply our practical experience in this area. As a large industrial employer we also benefit from well-trained specialist workers,” Konrad concluded.
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