Ground-breaking ceremony for modern production halls at Kiefel in Freilassing


Ground-breaking ceremony for modern production halls at KIEFEL GmbH.

L-R: Stefan Stachelscheid, facility manager, Kiefel, Peter Strübler, builder & managing director, Hartl Bau GmbH, Wolfgang Helmrich, head of human resources/administration, Kiefel, Dr. Bernd Stein, chief operating officer, Kiefel, Josef Flatscher, mayor of Freilassing, Georg Grabner, district administrator, Thomas J. Halletz, chief executive officer, Kiefel, Roland Richter, architect, Helmut Strecha, head of production, Kiefel

KIEFEL GmbH is expanding its production area at the parent company in Freilassing. This continues the physical infrastructure investments of the company belonging to the Brückner Group, Siegsdorf, in 2018. The construction start of the new Kiefel Education Centre was celebrated in February this year. The new training hub prepares Kiefel for future growth, as do the warehouse and pre-assembly areas, which were expanded in 2017. The ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of two new assembly halls took place on April 9th, 2018.

“The two new halls will house state-of-the-art air-conditioned assembly areas for the construction and commissioning of systems for the processing of plastic films covering an area of approximately 2,600 square meters. These halls are designed for maximum flexibility. For example, electricity, compressed air and cooling water are supplied through floor channels at the facilities. In addition, two 12.5 tons hall cranes combined with the height of the halls ensure trouble-free loading and unloading of the machines,” emphasizes Helmut Strecha, head of production. This expansion will enable the planned growth over the coming years at the Freilassing location.

Thanks to excellent coordination with the town of Freilassing and the experts from the district administration office, the planning and preparation for this construction project progressed rapidly. Completion is scheduled for 2018.

Growth demands more space
Despite the irritations on the world market due to restrictions being discussed, Kiefel anticipates economic growth will continue in the major markets. The order intake of the plastics specialist, which is structured into the four divisions of Kiefel Packaging, Kiefel Automotive, Kiefel Medical and Kiefel Service, remains high. This fact makes a modern production environment as well as additional assembly areas all the more important, because high flexibility combined with short delivery times is an important factor of competitiveness for a technology company like Kiefel. You can view here to get certified training on using a forklift.

Kiefel is a market leading company in its fields and accompanies its customers from product development through to mass production. A pioneering spirit and creativity characterize the more than 1,000 employees that Kiefel employs worldwide, including 550 at the Freilassing location.

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