Renewal of KraussMaffei’s Global Factory Landscape is Complete

KraussMaffei’s headquarters move, the last and largest of four relocation projects, has been successfully completed. Since 2018, the 185-year-old company has invested about 200 million euros in four new plants in Germany and China.

After almost 90 years, the traditionally Munich-based company moved its headquarters from Allach to Parsdorf. Covering 156,000 square meters, the new site brings together Corporate Headquarters, Injection Moulding, Reaction Process Machinery, Additive Manufacturing, and Mechanical Production. Automation and the Spare Parts Warehouse, previously located in Schwaig and Plauen, will also be completely integrated into the new plant in the coming months.

Like the other three new sites, Parsdorf runs as a Smart Factory, which uses sustainable modern building technology.
The new Parsdorf site boasts three production halls, a main administration building, four office and social buildings, two parking garages, a canteen, a cafeteria and a 15,000-square-meter Customer Experience Center.

The entire plant is designed to increase efficiency and the halls enable continuous production flow. New machines speed up processes. Shorter distances and new, modern warehouses simplify logistics. A modern, open-office approach also enables better communication between different areas. Departments are arranged in relation to one another in accordance with workflows.

Holger Ahlborn, Senior Director Operations at the new Parsdorf headquarter, says of the production facilities’ renewal, “We have replaced much of our machinery. At the new site, our machines are on average four years old. At the old site the average age was 21 years. This is one reason why our processes are running much more smoothly now and the synchronisation of value creation processes is steadily improving. In mechanical production, we have achieved substantial efficiency improvements. In combination, all this allows us to offer customers very short delivery times, which are very attractive to them.

Parsdorf – a location for sustainability

Modernisation also increases sustainability. It has one of the largest rooftop photovoltaic systems in Europe, with 9.1 megawatts output. The halls, machines and offices are designed for maximum energy efficiency and a large biotope is being created next to the site. Green areas further break up the site, and over two hundred charging stations for e-cars and e-bikes can be used by employees and guests.

Performance on show at the large Customer Experience Center

The new Customer Experience Center covers about 15,000 square meters and allows visitors to experience the whole KraussMaffei world. They can access various areas, including a TechCenter and training area for reaction process machinery, a technical center, a final inspection center for injection moulding technology, and a training center for digital products.

The culmination of a major relocation project

The move to Parsdorf marks the completion of one of the largest relocation projects in the company’s 185-year history. Already in 2020, two plants in Einbeck (near Göttingen) and in JiaXing (China) had gone into operation. With the commissioning of the JiaXing plant, KraussMaffei doubled its production capacity in China. Among other things, machines specially developed for the Chinese market are manufactured there.

At the end of 2022, KraussMaffei Extrusion also moved to a new, modern plant in Laatzen (near Hanover), a center for extrusion and recycling technology. The new site covers 97,000 square meters, 53,000 square meters of which comprise halls and office complexes. Here, KraussMaffei consistently gears production towards Industry 4.0.

The new plants enable KraussMaffei to operate even more efficiently, digitally and sustainably – optimally meeting the challenges of the 21st century.

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