GEA Air Treatment builds a new Center of Excellence
19. August 2010 GEA expands its Production Center in Wurzen, Germany
Wurzen, Germany, August 2010 – The company GEA Klima- und Filtertechnik Wurzen GmbH will become the new Production Center of Excellence for manufacture of GEA air-handling units. In the course of production expansion involved here, GEA will purchase property for additional production floor space (part of which property has been acquired from the City of Wurzen). As a result, GEA will also be able to offer jobs at this production site for a total of over 250 staff, 100 more than at present.
Now, five years after modernization of the GEA plant in Wurzen, the company will concentrate European production of air-handling units at its production facilities there. The first scheduled step of expansion will be enlargement of the existing production plant. Afterward, new factory buildings will be built on the property newly acquired for expansion.
Wolf Hartmann, Vice President of the GEA Manufacturing Business Unit, elaborates: “Within the course of our reorganization, we will concentrate production competence from our three previous locations to one center. In parallel, we intend to refine our GEA CAIR range in the form of integrated cooling and control technology, and integrate it more efficiently in series production. After all, our CAIR models enjoy increasing popularity among industrial customers.”
Hartmann continues: “Implementation of large plant facilities such as these has positive effects, which include easier optimal utilization of machine capacity and avoidance of production bottlenecks. In addition, this enables us to further improve order execution and capacity planning and, in turn, react more quickly and flexibly to customer inquiries. In other words: lead times for delivery will be even shorter than before. A further benefit results from the focusing of expertise in the new Center of Excellence.” The production expert Wolf Hartmann summarizes with, “Potentials for optimization in production become more readily apparent and can be implemented faster – which enhances the quality of our products.”
By the end of this year, relocation of production capacity to Wurzen, Germany, from our plants in Enköping, Sweden, and Gaspoltshofen, Austria, will have been completed. The newly created teams in the Center of Excellence can then begin their work.
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