Austrian manufacturer of glass-fibre reinforced plastics (GRP) pipe systems, Amiblu Holding GmbH, has opened a 1500-square-metre expansion at its production site in Dąbrowa Górnicza, southern Poland.
The new €4m production hall, which is undergoing final technical approvals to start production, took two years to construct, a spokeswoman for the Klagenfurt-based company told PNE.
The added capacity will serve to future-proof the company, providing higher flexibility amid rising demand, said Ambilu, which was created last year upon the merger of Amiantit Europe and Hobas.
Ambilu has another production hall in Gdansk, Poland, which is specialised in non-circular profiles.
“This expansion and reorganisation of our work [in Dąbrowa Górnicza] will enable us to cope with the increased number of orders for time-consuming and labour-intensive elements such as wells, reservoirs, arches, etc,” explained plant manager Piotr Strzelczyk.
With the new production hall, the company will be cutting time-to-market for its fittings and will offer more flexibility for highly seasonal industries such as construction.
“In general, Poland is a dynamically developing country with a convenient geographical location in the centre of Europe, which makes us very confident about our future,” the plant manager added.
For the new production hall, the company has invested in a water-jet cutting machine to manufacture precisely-cut elements for further processing.
“This way we can reduce the number of employees needed for the cutting process and make the working conditions more modern and comfortable,” Strzelczyk added.
The company, expects the new hall to come fully on-stream by the end of October, creating 30 new jobs. Amiblu currently employs 380 in Poland, 195 of which are based in Dąbrowa Górnicza.
Amiblu has also signalled plans to further expand its production factory in Gdańsk.
“We are currently working on constructing offices and social spaces, expanding the laboratory, and implementing the new, improved production line for the non-circular pipes,” added Strzelczyk.