German machinery maker Arburg GmbH & Co. KG has started construction on a new assembly plant for the production of its large Allrounder injection moulding machines and other turnkey systems.
The assembly plant — dubbed Hall 23 — will be located at Arburg's central production site and headquarters in Lossburg, Germany, and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2020.
The building will have approximately 28,500 square metres of usable floor space for production and administration, with 3,700 square metres for technical operations.
Arburg held a groundbreaking ceremony 16 May at the Lossburg site, where it said the project amounts to an investment of "tens of millions of euros."
"In terms of building activity, we have been in a state of rapid progress since 2007: customer centre, assembly hall, parking structure, exhibition logistics hall, training centre and now a new assembly hall,"
Michael Hehl, Arburg's managing partner who is also responsible for plant development, said in a statement.
Arburg first announced plans for the new assembly plant in April 2018 as part of a "large two-digit-million euro" investment in the expansion of its Lossburg headquarters facilities.
In 2016, it opened another assembly plant, Hall 22, for the production of its injection moulding machines. That facility is close to reaching capacity, the company stated, citing "continuous growth" over the years for injection moulding machines with clamping forces up to 650 tonnes.
"We are one of the world market leaders and continue to manufacture our high-quality machines for plastics processing, which our customers then use around the globe, with great success exclusively in Lossburg," Hehl said.
With the expansion efforts, Arburg projects that its central production site in Lossburg will grow by 17% to nearly 200,000 square meters (approximately 2.15 million square feet) by 2020.