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(Hannover, 3 September 2020) On 3 September 2020, KraussMaffei and VGP – a leading project developer for high-quality logistics and commercial real estate – officially laid the foundation stone for the construction of a new production plant for extrusion systems in Laatzen's eastern industrial park located in the Hannover region. According to the time schedule, the 66,500 square meter facility is planned to be completed by the third quarter of 2022. The new address will replace the former KraussMaffei site in Hannover-Kleefeld that did not allow any further expansion.
Today, Lower Saxony's Minister-President Stephan Weil, Laatzen's Mayor Jürgen Köhne, Jan Van Geet, Chairman of the VGP Board of Management, Dr. Michael Ruf, Chief Executive Officer of the KraussMaffei Group, and Dieter Thewes, Chief Operating Officer of KraussMaffei Extrusion GmbH, placed a time capsule into the foundation of a hall column. In the third quarter of 2022, up to 750 employees will be working here at innovative workplaces in order to produce extrusion systems for the plastics and rubber industries.
Special focus on InnovationCenter
Ultra-modern premises with impressive office and production areas will be built on the spacious site to combine KraussMaffei's extrusion business activities under a single roof. Special focus is placed on the new InnovationCenter that will be available for challenging and complex preliminary tests under realistic production conditions to customers from the plastics and rubber industries before they actually order a new machine from KraussMaffei. On a floor area of around 10,000 square meters, the InnovationCenter will comprise 20 state-of-the-art machines and lines – from small laboratory facilities up to production-scale machines – to be used for trial purposes. Completion is proceeding according to schedule.
New plants shape innovative image of KraussMaffei
“Here in Laatzen and also at our other locations in Germany and around the globe, we are committed to shaping the innovative future KraussMaffei in order to take on and meet the challenges of the 21st century with flying colors. Already in March, we opened our new plant located in JiaXing in China. A couple of weeks ago, we inaugurated the new plant of our Burgsmüller subsidiary in Einbeck. And the construction work for our new headquarters in Munich-Parsdorf has also been started. In a few days, we will celebrate the laying of the foundation stone there as well,” said Dr. Michael Ruf, Chief Executive Officer of the KraussMaffei Group on the occasion of the ceremony. “Our new premises in Laatzen will be our future extrusion and recycling technology center. 750 jobs will be created here – for highly trained skilled workers in metalworking and plastics specialists.”
Minister-President Stephan Weil welcomes KraussMaffei’s local commitment
Minister-President Stephan Weil was extremely pleased with the decision in favour of Laatzen: “In my capacity as a representative of Lower Saxony's government, I very much welcome the associated commitment to Laatzen and to Lower Saxony as a whole. This project has a strong signalling effect and substantially underpins the long-term and sustained regional loyalty of the KraussMaffei Group. The government of our Land attaches great importance to KraussMaffei's intensive activities in the field of plastics recycling. This is why I am very pleased that KraussMaffei customers are offered the opportunity to try out solutions for plastics waste processing in Laatzen, which will provide a sound basis for their future implementation. This will not only help to secure but also to further develop high-quality jobs in our region.”
Jürgen Köhne, mayor of the city of Laatzen, is enthusiastic about the KraussMaffei project: “We are eager to welcome KraussMaffei as a new and extremely attractive global-player member in our range of technology leaders located in this area. I am very happy that Laatzen's new industrial park offers KraussMaffei adequate grounds for a promising future in the Hannover region.”
KraussMaffei further expands partnership with VGP
The new plant in Laatzen is already the third joint project KraussMaffei implements with the support of VGP's experience and expertise. Jan Van Geet, Chairman of the VGP Board of Management is extremely pleased about the continued cooperation: “It is a great pleasure for us to continue our successful partnership with KraussMaffei and – following the construction of the new site in Einbeck – to develop the new company premises in Laatzen. In Parsdorf near Munich, the construction of the new KraussMaffei Technologies headquarters is currently underway, another joint milestone project that reflects our extremely trustful and efficient cooperation.
We feel honoured by the trust Lower Saxony’s government and the city of Laatzen placed in us. With the new plant we help paving KraussMaffei's way towards future growth and contribute to the successful economic development in this region.”
» Download: Photo_1_KM_EXT_03092020_Grundsteinlegung: In the presence of (f.l.t.r.) Dr. Michael Ruf, Chief Executive Officer of the KraussMaffei Group, Laatzen's Mayor Jürgen Köhne, Lower Saxony's Minister-President Stephan Weil, Dieter Thewes, Chief Operating Office
» Download: Photo_2_KM_EXT_03092020_Grundsteinlegung: New KraussMaffei plant covers 66,500 m2 offering ample space for up to 750 workplaces in production, assembly and administration