Construction of the new production hall at the headquarters in Troisdorf, an investment of almost €7m which was announced by family-owned extrusion specialist Reifenhäuser last year at the Fakuma trade show, has now officially commenced. The past months were spent tearing down a number of old and outdated halls – “literally in the middle of the company”, said CSO Ulrich Reifenhäuser at the time – which will now be replaced with a new, modern facility comprising a production and assembly hall with an area of 3,000 square meters. The new hall will house the company’s newly founded Reifenhäuser Extrusion Systems (RES) business unit. Construction is expected to be completed by spring 2020.
According to the statement released by the company, an additional ten million euro will be spent on production machines and intelligent processes over the next five years, to create conditions for Industrie 4.0-capable manufacturing, said CEO Bernd Reifenhäuser. Aiming to substantially expand the components business, the new hall will be equipped with sophisticated state-of-the-art toolmaking - milling, drilling - machines to manufacture technologically advanced dies and extruders to sell as single units.
The company is also investing in research and development, with new laboratory and research extrusion lines to be created to work on sustainable solutions for plastics production.
Once the new hall is finished, Reifenhäuser Extrusion Systems, which to date developed and manufactured core components for its own lines in-house, will also supply to the ‘free market’ – in other words, to competitors. The move is designed to allow the company to reach a ‘much, much’ bigger market, beyond the core of existing customers for its extrusion lines.
"From 2020, we will be producing 300 flat dies for plastic extrusion in the new production hall every year," said Uwe Gaedike, Managing Director of Reifenhäuser Extrusion Systems.
The Reifenhäuser Group is planning a total of 40 to 45 million euro for growth measures at the German sites and in Wichita (Kansas, USA).