Austria-based Komptech has factories in several locations in Europe and recently opened a new plant in Oelde, Germany to meet the rise in demand for the company’s trommels. The new factory was constructed in 2012 and went into operation in early October 2012. On Oct. 31 the first new trommel left the factory hall a Cribus 2800 semitrailer.
The Cribus 2800 was the first of its kind to be built, according to the company. It was delivered to a customer in the U.S.
Managing Director Bernd Thielepape of Komptech Germany welcomes the possibilities the new plant affords. “Our growth had simply outpaced capacity in the existing Oelde plant,” he says, “Now we have room to expand, and also room to be more flexible in filling special orders. The additional stock space also lets us pre-manufacture spares so they can be available faster.”
The larger factory features a new pass-through sandblaster and a new painting and drying station, for efficient coating and rust-proofing, the company says.
The facility includes a 60,000-square-foot space for welding, assembly, storage, a separate 6,400-square-foot painting hall and 10,700 square feet of office space on a 6 acre lot. It employs about 120 people, and is laid out to provide a four-to-six-week turnaround between order entry and machine delivery, according to the company. Its current capacity is 120 machines per year, which can be readily increased to 200 when it becomes necessary, the company adds.
Komptech says with this new plant, it has substantially added to its capacity in the expanding trommel market, and is well prepared to execute on its growth strategy for the coming years.