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German Tier 1 exhaust supplier, Friedrich Boysen, has announced it is to reorganize its production activities in the Altensteig region of Germany. The new plans will see the company’s Turmfeld plant expanded, while its component factory in Walddorf will be closed.

Boysen’s president, Rolf Geisel, says that such changes will help keep the number of industrial jobs at the company's headquarters stable. He added: "The objective of the reorganization is to further guarantee the profitability of our production network in the Altensteig area, and therefore to secure production jobs in the long term."

Boysen will continue to concentrate production of exhaust systems and components for commercial vehicles and off-highway applications at the new plant, which is to be called Turmfeld III. The new building will include a production hall with a central high-bay storage facility and a combined goods in/out handling section. The factory offers 20,000 square meters of usable space, with an enclosed volume of 200,000 cubic meters. Turmfeld III, which will be privy to more than US$55 million investment this year in order to realize the upgrades, will be the company’s first fully air-conditioned production plant, while a comprehensive energy concept that consists of heat pumps, geothermal systems, solar power units and solar collectors will optimize the energy balance of the building, thus providing employees with an ideal working environment.

The new factory is to start production at the beginning of 2012, at which point it will house around 530 workers. With a total of around 900 employees at three locations in Altensteig and at the BAK Boysen Abgaskomponenten site in Simmersfeld, the Boysen group is the region’s largest industrial employer.

And maintaining a large presence in Altensteig is key to the company’s future global growth goals, says Geisel. “Our future sales growth will to a large extent come from abroad, mainly from China and the USA," he said. “Nevertheless, our domestic production in 2011 is also expected to contribute about half of our forecasted rise in sales."

Work on expanding production capacity at the Boysen plants in Shenyang, China, and South Carolina, USA, is almost complete, confirmed the Boysen president. The expansion and modernization of the on-site assembly plant in Salching, Bavaria, will continue until the beginning of April of this year. Boysen MVO in Salching assembles complete exhaust systems just-in-sequence for the BMW factories in Dingolfing and Regensburg.

 

16 March 2011


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