Friday, 20. June 2014
Ground-Breaking Ceremony for Plant II
Ottobock expands production capacities in Duderstadt
Ottobock is responding to the company's dynamic development with the new construction of Plant II, a production building at the Duderstadt site. Managing Director Thorsten Schmitt broke ground for the project on 20 June along with Dominik Ehbrecht, the architect in charge from the planning office of the same name, Rainer Fritz from the Planning and Projects department, Production Manager Wilfried Jung, Steffen zur Linde from the Goldbeck architectural office and Works Council member Dieter Dahlke.
Before the ground-breaking ceremony, Thorsten Schmitt and the responsible regional service providers presented details of the construction project: Otto Bock HealthCare Besitz- und Verwaltungs GmbH is investing around EUR 3.3 million in the expansion of production capacities on the company premises, south-west of the logistics centre. When the grounds and highly modern production machines are included, the investment totals about EUR 7.5 million.
Production processes for socket comfort and new offices with a total of 50 employees will find their home in more than 2,600 square metres of usable space by the end of 2014. "Liners have increasingly asserted themselves in fittings following an amputation. We have a very strong development group for this segment, and now also a corresponding production unit," Thorsten Schmitt explains.
A factory building with a height of 9 metres is being build on a footprint of 85 x 31 metres for the production departments of silicone, TPE (thermoplastic elastomers) and PU (polyurethane) fabrication as well as a packaging department. "Two new TPE systems are going to replace the old machines here, in order to optimise the working processes and increase the production capacity," adds Thorsten Schmitt. Due to the room conditions required for the TPE department, the building is fully air-conditioned and equipped with an exhaust air system above the hall on an engineering platform.
An annex with an office, common room and engineering wing is also being built with an additional footprint of 675 m². The building is initially accessed through the main entrance from Max-Näder-Straße. With the construction of the B247 bypass, a separate access road and a link to the existing street network on the site are planned.
"Then we will be able to access the logistics centre from both sides," explains Rainer Fritz of the Ottobock Planning and Projects department in regards to this next step in the ongoing expansion of the company headquarters. Architect Dominik Ehbrecht expects the white building to be finished by the end of 2014.
Thorsten Schmitt speaks of a trendsetting work environment that meets the highest technical standards: "The material for the socket as the link between the residual limb and prosthesis is selected according to the individual needs of the user. With new technologies, we are able to meet this demand even more precisely." Within the scope of Ottobock's long-term strategy process, he also sees Plant II as an important step towards the company objectives for 2020.