European polymer processor Rehau AG. has launched a €28m expansion project at its plastic pipe systems production site and logistics centre at the town of Triptis in the east of Germany.
The scheme is in line with Rehau’s policy of continued growth in the building technology area as well as increasing its “delivery performance”. This expansion is also “a clear commitment to the location and job security” locally, the firm explained.
Rehau manufactures a range of pipe systems for drinking water, domestic drainage and under floor heating/cooling at the Triptis plant which was originally built in 1992. The firm added the logistics centre five years later.
Late last month (April), the group held a formal groundbreaking ceremony at the construction plot for the extended plant and adjacent logistics centre located in the German state of Thuringia.
Taking part in the event were Roger Schönborn, head of Rehau’s Building Solutions division, the Triptis plant manager Olaf Lämmer along with local politicians and companies involved in the construction.
“At Triptis, all the signs are clearly based on growth,” said the plant manager commenting on Rehau’s continuing investment there since the unit was launched in the early 1990s.
Currently, the company employs a workforce at the site of some 250 including 14 apprentices.
Elsewhere, Rehau group announced it has appointed Uwe H. Böhlke as its chief operations officer to its general executive board.
The 54-year-old COO, with more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive in global materials and process technology companies, will be responsible for Rehau’s operations and supply management.
Rehau group, which is headquartered at Muri in Switzerland, has operations worldwide serving the construction, automotive and industrial sectors. It maintains a global workforce of over 20,000 working at more than 170 sites worldwide.
In Europe, the group maintains a regional workforce of around 12,000, with 8,000 alone working in Germany. The private family-owned group has an annual turnover of €3.5 billion.