TRACTO-TECHNIK celebrates completion of new logistics centre
With the official ground-breaking ceremony by the management of TRACTO-TECHNIK and the mayor of the city of Lennestadt on 17 March 2017, construction work began on a new, ultra-modern logistics centre at the Lennestadt-Saalhausen location. After only fourteen months of construction, the construction works are completed and a belated topping-out ceremony for the 4,500 m2 hall was celebrated on 29 March. To mark the occasion, the management of the special machine manufacturer invited all contractors, all those directly involved, as well as local residents and neighbours to a celebration on site.
Central measure of the growth strategy
For TRACTO-TECHNIK, the new logistics centre is one of the central measures in the implementation of a far-reaching strategy the company is embarking on to be fit for the future. All measures are aimed at meeting the requirements of the markets and the growing global demand for innovative trenchless solutions in sales, service, production and logistics at the highest level in the long term.
Simultaneous with the focussing of sales and marketing on the global markets, the reorganisation of internal structure, logistics and manufacturing process was launched under the label “plant structure planning” to make them even more productive and efficient. The package of measures includes various organisational and structural innovations which intertwine in a highly efficient way. Firstly, a new technology centre for the Design Engineering and R&D departments was built at the Lennestadt-Langenei location, which has been in operation since the end of last year. Another central measure is the consolidation of the assembly of all trenchless systems at the Lennestadt-Saalhausen location with the construction of the new logistics centre next to the existing assembly plant on Winterberger Strasse.
Investment in the future at the company location
For TRACTO-TECHNIK, the construction of the new logistics centre is one of the largest construction projects ever carried out, with more than twenty planning and construction companies being involved. The data of the ultra-modern reinforced concrete construction are impressive. On a site area of over 7,000 square metres, a basic reinforced concrete structure with more than 4,500 square metres of usable floor space was constructed, consisting of two building sections for warehouse and shipping. More than 1,400 cubic metres of concrete were poured for the base slab alone. The high-rack warehouse for materials and spare parts has a storage area of 4,000 square metres. Up to six trucks can be loaded and unloaded simultaneously in the dispatch hall. The column-free construction, which carries the upper floor with modern office and social rooms, comprises a built-up area of 2,000 cubic metres and weighs a total of 800 tonnes. The 50 meter wide and 6 meter high round arch window on the street side with an area of 200 square meters provides sufficient daylight and makes the building look modern and pleasing. The power and heat supply to the logistics centre and assembly plant is provided by an environmentally friendly combined heat and power plant whose excess electricity is fed into the local electricity grid.
The structural connection of the logistics centre with the assembly plant guarantees a smooth, fast production cycle from the delivery of the material to the assembly and quality control of the NODIG machines and accessories through to delivery to the customer. Thanks to maximum automation and digitisation of all processes, a state-of-the-art NODIG production facility with synchronized, fast production and logistics "just-in-sequence" is created. The company management sees the construction costs of several million euros as a worthwhile investment in the long-term success of the company and the Lennestadt location. "It is clear to us that sustainable growth is only possible at our domestic headquarters with our highly qualified employees. That is why we are consciously investing in the expansion of the location and the concentration of competencies here," says Timotheus Hofmeister, Managing Director and CEO of TRACTO-TECHNIK.
End of construction in time for major event
In addition to a sustainable growth strategy, proximity to customers and partners worldwide has always been a key to success for TRACTO-TECHNIK. In order to give users an insight into the working methods and application variety of their NODIG systems, the family company regularly opens its doors to visitors. One of the most popular events of this kind are the demonstration days called "Hands on Days", which this year will take place for the eleventh time from 9 to 13 April at the company's own test site in Lennestadt-Gleierbrück. International trade visitors to the "TRACTO-CITY" will experience the whole world of trenchless techniques for pipe laying and renewal live. They expect practical demonstrations from all product groups, an extensive lecture programme and the opportunity to cultivate their professional network within the framework of evening events in the tent city and in the Galileo Park.
Several hundred users and planners from the civil engineering industry as well as customers and network operators from the supply and disposal industry are expected to attend the Hands on Days in Lennestadt-Gleierbrück, mainly from international markets. To give them the opportunity to visit the new logistics centre as part of a guided tour through NODIG production, the date for the belated topping-out ceremony was set before the start of the event.
Milestone in the company history
At the celebration for the new logistics centre on 29 March, TRACTO-TECHNIK owner and managing director Wolfgang Schmidt thanked all internal and external participants. "I am very pleased that we can grow here at the location and will have one of the most modern logistics centres in the area. This benefits our employees and especially our customers worldwide, because we can produce and deliver much faster from here. This new building is a milestone in the history of our company of which our company founder and my father Paul Schmidt would certainly be proud", Wolfgang Schmidt is pleased.