New Sennebogen Facility Increases Global Capacity for Large-Scale Material Handling Equipment


Straubing, Germany - With the official opening of a new 1,345,000 sq. ft. (125,000 m2) production facility, SENNEBOGEN Group of Straubing, Germany, has signalled a significant milestone in the company's 55 years of growth in equipment design and manufacturing.

Phase 1 of the new facility, including a 140,000 sq. ft. (13,000 m2) equipment assembly hall, is now in operation. Plans for the site in the Straubinger Business Park, not far from the company headquarters in Straubing, were first unveiled in February of last year. According to Erich Sennebogen, Owner and Managing Director of the family business, the development was undertaken specifically to add capacity for large-scale machines. "Due to the increasing worldwide demand for large-scale material handling and lifting devices, this new site is an important strategic step and another milestone in our company history," he said. "We will now have the resources to respond even faster and with more flexibility to the needs and wishes of our customers and distribution partners."

Increasing capacity will meet a growing need for SENNEBOGEN America, based in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to Constantino Lannes, President of SENNEBOGEN America, "In a few short years, we have seen SENNEBOGEN material handlers become the preferred choice in America's material handling industry. Innovations such as the new D-Series cab and readily available electric-powered models are demonstrating the Sennebogen family's underlying commitment to responsive customer service. We are seeing the same trends towards SENNEBOGEN, and towards larger machine sizes, all over the world."

The Plant 2 assembly hall will allow for the production, erection and testing of the machines with operating weights of up to 300 tons. Advanced management processes are supporting increased planning reliability, shorter turnaround and faster delivery times. The tri-modal connections with the Port of Straubing provide all the logistic prerequisites for worldwide transportation of SENNEBOGEN machines via road, rail or water. The site also provides a 54,000 sq. ft. (5,000 m²) administration building equipped with state-of-the-art communications, office and social rooms for staff and guests in an attractive work environment.

SENNEBOGEN's decision to locate in Straubing was a strategic one, allowing the company to build on the highly qualified personnel in other SENNEBOGEN facilities nearby and with experienced suppliers throughout the region. Plant 2 will employ about 350 staff in Production, Development, Engineering and Administration. Investment in the project totalled 30 million Euros, about US $48 million. The new site also provides for future expansions of up to 22,000,000 sq. ft. (200,000 m²).

Plant 1 at in Straubing remains as the group's main office with central administration areas. The production of SENNEBOGEN OEM carriers, worldwide spare parts distribution and customer support will also continue at Plant 1.

The original company that Erich Sennebogen Sr. established in 1952 has developed from a manufacturer of agricultural machines to a global player in the areas of material handling, crane technology and special machinery. SENNEBOGEN has now produced thousands of machines for worldwide use and, through 2007 to 2008, increased its machine output by as much as 30%.

With the completion of Plant 2, SENNEBOGEN now has 4 production plants, three of which are in Germany and one in Hungary, staffed by 1,000 engineers, skilled workers and support personnel.

SENNEBOGEN: Think globally - act locally

We fulfill our common ambition to be a responsible service company by implementing continuous improvements in all process steps - in all common activities in sales, production and customer service. Every employee makes his contribution to convey a spirit in which customers worldwide feel comfortable in dealing with SENNEBOGEN.

In recent years, SENNEBOGEN has established a network of sales and service partners which spans almost the entire globe. Thus we ensure that our customers get immediate support from competent regional contacts - across the entire service life of our products.

Locations

With its individually specialized locations in Germany, SENNEBOGEN is focusing thoroughly on the needs existing in multiple machine type production scenarios. The requirements for the quality of the machines are strict, and we fulfill them with our individually sequenced processes set up in our plants and by procuring important key components from renowned suppliers. We achieve competitive cost structures through lean processes, our focus on robust and efficient solutions and high-quality steel components and welding constructions from our own plant in Hungary.

Straubing Plant 1 Straubing / Germany
o Completion in 1959
o Total surface area 44,000 m²
o Office and production area 16,000 m²
o Approx. 200 employees
o Headquarters of the group and production site for special base carrier equipment and steel construction groups.

Straubing Plant 2 Straubing / Germany
o Completion in 2008
o Total surface area 125,000 m²
o Office and production area 20,000 m²
o Approx. 350 employees
o Development / design, production, marketing / sales of rope excavators, cranes, material handling machines and harbour cranes. Special focus on large equipment, small-scale series and customer-specific solutions.

Wackersdorf Plant / Germany
o Completion in 1991
o Total surface area 160,000 m²
o Office and production area 25,000 m²
o Approx. 200 employees
o Special focus on series production of material handling machines up to 80 t total weight.

Balatonfüred Plant / Hungary
o Investment 1996
o Total surface area 120,000 m²
o Production area 22,000 m²
o Approx. 300 employees
o Modern production plant for high-quality welding and steel construction groups including mechanical finishing.

In important key regions, we have our own local subsidiaries; all parties involved benefit from a direct exchange of information among one another.

o SENNEBOGEN LLC in Charlotte, USA
o SENNEBOGEN Middle East in Dubai, VAE

Based on this commitment, SENNEBOGEN customers can rely on long-term support und planning security as well as first-class service.

For more information on the full line of SENNEBOGEN green line material handlers contact:

Constantino Lannes, President
SENNEBOGEN LLC
2835 Jeff Adams Dr., Charlotte, NC 28206
Call toll free 1-877-309-0099 or fax (704) 347-8894
Email - sales@sennebogenllc.com
Visit the web site www.sennebogen-na.com

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