GEA Air Treatment upgrades plant competence by concentration
05. February 2009 GEA Air Treatment relocates heat-exchanger production and frees up space for manufacture of air-handling systems
plus) and dehumidifiers (GEA CAIRfricostar). The company will furthermore gain valuable shop-floor space for manufacture of air-handling systems with integrated cooling functions, and of the new air-handling system GEA Campos, which will be presented to the public in March at ISH in Frankfurt am Main, the world’s foremost specialist trade fair for sanitary installation, heating and air conditioning.
As announced by GEA management, streamlining of production will primarily be oriented to definite technical production focussing. As explained by Dr. Michael Junker, head of plants for central air-handling systems at GEA Air Treatment: “We intend to concentrate as much as possible the production of our high-quality air-treatment products at single locations with clear organisational structures.” The objective of this organisational concentration will be shortening of production and delivery times, in addition to intensive exchange of experience among those engaged in development, design, and production activities. Dr. Junker continues, “Within the context of our strategic orientation, we have – put briefly – simply been doing our business-management homework. We must find ways to reduce our working capital, so that we can continue to act competitively on the market.” In addition to the expected cost reductions, corporate management is counting on appreciable quality enhancement.
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