Goldhofer investment

25 April 2008

To meet higher demand for its specialized trailers and transporters Germany-based manufacturer Goldhofer AG, has invested to expand its facility, writes Gino Koster. Stefan Fuchs, Goldhofer CEO, said the company has experienced unprecedented growth in orders since last year. Sales figures for 2005 were 30% higher than forecast and the current stream of orders raises that to 50%.

Fuchs has implemented a three stage investment plan. First, €2 million has been invested in a new production shop measuring 52.5 x 48 m. Adjacent to the delivery shop, the new building will be used mainly for final assembly of heavy-duty modular trailers.

To further increase efficiency, quality and availability, Goldhofer has introduced robot technology. Since January 2006 two robots have been directly engaged in the construction process. Benefits include simpler and more accurate product assembly, cleaner metal cutting and pre- welding in difficult to reach positions. The two robots can work separately or together on one component.

Another € 220,000 has been invested in a paint shop that uses less material, minimises the use of solvents and reduces the amount of expensive waste. Stefan Fuchs commented on the new paint shop: “Our new painting plant is a good example for saving costs despite the high German standard for environmental protection.”

For more news on Goldhofer see the Specialized transport section on page 21.

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