Topping out ceremony: The roof is up

Just over a year after ground was broken on the project, one of Kaeser Kompressoren’s two new production halls is that much closer to completion: the topping out ceremony was held just last week.

Panoramic shot with Thomas Kaeser at the topping out ceremony for production hall 11 in Coburg.
A toast is given in honour of Production Hall 11

Coburg – Eventually, this hall will house production for medium-sized rotary screw compressors designed for producing compressed air for use in industrial production processes, especially by small and medium-sized companies. Production of the larger compressors will take place in the second production hall, which is being constructed in parallel with this one. Kaeser Kompressoren began construction of two new production halls last year as the previous production site for this size of rotary screw compressor was no longer large enough.

Aside from the need for more space, the significant technical progress that has occurred in the field of production technology constitutes another important reason behind the investment in the new production equipment. “When it’s finished, this “Smart Factory” will be fully Industry 4.0 capable and will truly be a state-of-the-art facility,” says Thomas Kaeser, Chief Executive for the Coburg-based compressed air systems provider. Industry 4.0 refers to the ever-increasing level of communication and networking between humans and computer systems, which is furthering the development of exciting new products and services. “This investment is yet another element that will ensure Kaeser Kompressoren remains internationally competitive and successful well into the future.”

The next step is to begin fitting-out the interior of the production hall. If everything goes according to plan, part of the production facility will be ready for use in early 2017.

Yet Kaeser Kompressoren’s building campaign isn’t restricted to just production infrastructure: the cornerstone of a new office building was also just laid in September.

Kaeser Kompressoren is a compressed air system provider with production based in Coburg, Gera and Lyon. The company is headquartered in Coburg, in Germany’s Upper Franconia region, and is represented in more than 100 countries with its own branch offices and exclusive partners. Specialised in compressed air production, the company employs more than 5,000 people worldwide, some 1,900 of whom work in the SE headquarters in Germany.

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Panoramic shot with Thomas Kaeser at the topping out ceremony for production hall 11 in Coburg.

A toast is given in honour of Production Hall 11