Arburg expanding facility by 13%; catering to larger machines
Arburg expanding facility by 13%; catering to larger machines

Injection moulding machine maker Arburg recently broke ground for a new assembly hall at its facility in Lossburg, Germany, which will expand the central production location by 13% to just under 165,000 sq m. Initial excavation work began in March 2014 and the completion date has been set for the autumn of 2015. With the new building section, Arburg is responding to the increasing demand for large injection moulding machines and complete production cells. It says it has invested “tens of millions of Euros.”

“Growth means preservation, means actively securing the future,” explains Michael Hehl, Managing Partner and Spokesperson for the Arburg Management Team, adding: “The capital investment for the new building section, to the tune of many tens of millions of euros, demonstrates our clear commitment to Lossburg as a production location and is an indicator of the long-term, targeted strategy for which Arburg has been famous for decades and makes us a reliable partner.” Significantly more time and space is required for assembly and testing of the large injection moulding machines up to a clamping force of 500 tonnes and complete turnkey systems.

Moreover, the firm says that environmental protection and the conservation of resources and energy represent a permanent feature of its corporate culture. “With the new building, we are implementing highly integrated facility management, which will reduce the primary energy requirements to a minimum and therefore further expands our environmental protection activities,” said Michael Hehl in this context.

The waste heat produced is utilised for heating the hall, for example. Collected rainwater is used by the gardeners and covers all the requirements for the sanitary facilities. Furthermore, its use as a buffer storage for the industrial cooling required in the building is a special feature. North-facing shed roofs reduce the thermal load and minimise the need for electric lighting. The natural cold of the ambient air is used for air conditioning purposes – e.g. via an ingenious facade design that employs natural ventilation instead of ventilation systems. Furthermore, extension of the photovoltaic plants to generate a further 340 kWp (kilowatt-peak) is also planned.

As part of the Arburg II plant expansion, the new building will match the assembly hall built in 2000, which has a modular construction concept so that the new building section can be integrated into the existing building complex with relative ease.

(IMA)

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