KHS Group upgrades its German headquarters
The KHS Group has invested €20 million (AU$33 million) in modernising its headquarters in Juchostraße, in Dortmund, Germany. Since 2015, the company has built a 4300 m2 production shop and fully renovated another.
“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,” said Dr Joachim Konrad, Plant Manager at KHS.
Key elements of the modernisation included extending the production area and renewing the machine park. The systems supplier has now created conditions that enable the relevant technology for container and pack conveyors to be merged and order processing to become more efficient. Production sequences have again been simplified during the course of numerous optimisation measures.
With an investment volume of €6 million (AU$9.9 million) for this project alone, the company has not only renewed the shop floor and roof, it has also optimised its Sheet Metal Manufacturing Department, incorporating technology that includes a faster, more efficient fibre laser, a combined punching/laser machine and a larger, fully networked sheet metal warehouse.
This yields many benefits for KHS customers in the beverage industry.
“Demands are becoming more complex. Like when you configure a new car nowadays, we can customise our filling and packaging systems to suit the requirements of the respective customer. We cater for the individualism of each customer with our cleverly compiled, standardised product modules that allow systems to be designed and constructed in automated processes,” Dr Konrad said.
The company in Dortmund manufactures machines for labelling, pasteurisation and bottle washing, among other equipment, plus container conveyor technology for industrial beverage production.
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