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Rittal establishes a smart factory

03 May 2019

The new Rittal plant in Haiger embraces the principles of Industry 4.0. The company has made its largest single investment, totalling €250 million, to establish the world’s most advanced facility for its new compact and small enclosures.

The highly automated manufacturing processes, in conjunction with the neighbouring distribution centre, enable seamless order fulfilment, guaranteeing rapid availability of standard products and accessories.

“The plant is to be fully aligned with highly efficient Industry 4.0 principles,” states Professor Friedhelm Loh, Owner and CEO of the Friedhelm Loh Group. “The new manufacturing site will also safeguard future competitiveness for our customers and our own business. The total investment is a positive statement in terms of the regional economy and the 290 jobs at our Haiger plant. We have quite consciously decided to proactively shape the future with the local people who made us what we are today.” 

The new factory halls, with 24,000m2 of floor space, will soon house more than 100 high-tech machines. Together they will manufacture some 9,000 AX compact and KX small enclosures daily, processing approximately 35,000 metric tons of steel annually. 

Read the full article in the May issue of DPA

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