The KHS Group has invested EUR 20 million (approximately Rs 170 crore) in modernizing its headquarters on Juchostraße in Dortmund, Germany. In a bundle of measures underway since 2015, the company has built a huge, approximately 4,300-m2 production shop and fully renovated another. As one of the world’s leading providers of filling and packaging systems for the beverage industry, KHS is thus ensuring that it stays competitive in the long term.
Measures to boost competitiveness
The last construction machines will disappear in the spring, marking the end of the extensive process optimization and other measures at the KHS production site in Dortmund. According to plant manager Joachim Konrad these were essential to strengthen KHS’ competitiveness. “As a company active worldwide, we find ourselves in a competitive situation and want to manufacture in Germany. We’ve therefore further digitalized and automated our infrastructure and processes in Production.”
Here, key elements of the modernization included extending the production area and renewing the machine park. At its production site on Juchostraße, KHS has erected an entirely new production shop. In an area measuring 4,300 square meters, the system’s supplier has created conditions that enable the relevant technology for container and pack conveyors to be merged and order processing to become more efficient. KHS has also modernized one of the oldest production buildings on the company premises. With an investment volume of EUR 6 million (approximately Rs 50 crore) for this project alone, the engineering company has not only renewed the shop floor and roof. It also optimized its Sheet Metal Manufacturing Department housed in the hall, incorporating new technology that includes a faster, more efficient fiber laser, a combined punching or laser machine and a larger, fully networked sheet metal warehouse.
Automation and digitalization
This yields many benefits for KHS customers in the beverage industry, leading brands from around the globe. “Demands are becoming more complex. Like when you configure a new car nowadays, we can customize our filling and packaging systems to suit the precise requirements of the respective customer,” states Konrad. “We cater to the huge individualism of each customer with our cleverly compiled, standardized product modules that allow systems to be designed and constructed in automated processes.” Production sequences have again been considerably simplified during numerous optimization measures.
Strong signal to the regional economy
Local employees also profit from the site’s extensive modernization. KHS has now renewed the factory canteen and various office complexes, including the workstations in various company departments. Around 1,200 personnel, the company in Dortmund manufactures machines for labeling, pasteurization, and bottle washing, among other equipment, plus container conveyor technology for industrial beverage production.
For KHS, the modernization is a big commitment to the production plants on Juchostraße, says Konrad. “The Dortmund plant is extremely important to the KHS Group because of its standing as our international company headquarters. With our investments, we’re making it fit for the future. This sends out a strong signal to the regional economy.”
KHS also aims to make local commitments above and beyond this. The enterprise is helping to devise a Science 2.0 master plan that the Dortmund council adopted in November of last year. In production technology, KHS is engaged in an exchange of expertise with representatives from other companies and the TU Dortmund. “We’re pleased to be doing our bit for a strong regional economy and can apply our practical experience in this area. As a large industrial employer, we also benefit from well-trained specialist workers,” Konrad concludes.