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 metre 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.
At the ceremony, 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.
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 sq.m., 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.
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