Sindelfingen/Rottenburg, February 28, 2013. Over the last ten years, BITZER has invested €70 million in the Rottenburg location, which currently has 543 employees. The town of Rottenburg is now honouring the exceptional entrepreneurial achievements of Peter Schaufler, Senator h.c. and Chief Executive Officer of BITZER SE, by naming a street in the Ergenzingen-Ost industrial park after the long-standing head of the company.
The mayor of Rottenburg am Neckar, Stephan Neher, attended the inauguration ceremony for Peter-Schaufler-Strasse, which branches off from Mercedesstrasse and leads directly to the production hall of the specialist in refrigeration compressors. For BITZER, €15 million was money well spent over the past 12 months of construction: the factory has been expanded by 9,000 square meters of production and warehousing space, which now houses the replacement parts warehouse, dispatch, final assembly for BITZER screw compressors, the painting facilities, office and social spaces, and technical rooms.
The pinnacle of efficiency
With all the new space, BITZER has managed to increase its production capacities at the Rottenburg-Ergenzingen location and optimize processes: deliveries and dispatch have been separated and are now located at the beginning and end of the production chain. The frequency of deliveries has increased, the process has become more linear and faster, and waste resulting from longer routes has been reduced. The company uses the space that has been freed up to make room for the upcoming production of new types of compressor. Peter Schaufler explains: “Our primary focus during the planning phase was to maintain the level of BITZER quality our customers have come to expect and continue to fulfill their requirements in the future. For me, it was important that the BITZER Group continues to develop over the long term and reconciles economy, ecology and social responsibility, whilst ensuring that employee appreciation, efficient operations and eco-friendly production are not mutually exclusive.”
Following successful completion of factory expansion, BITZER is already planning the next phase of construction: an international training center will be built in Peter-Schaufler-Strasse, costing around €5.5 million. Construction is set to begin in March 2014.