Waiblingen, 6/2/2020 | Company press release
Thirteen months after the official groundbreaking, construction work has now been successfully completed: STIHL Magnesium Die Casting expands its plant in Weinsheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, and puts into operation a new production logistics facility. The investment volume for the new building is 18 million euros. Dr. Nikolas Stihl, Chairman of the STIHL Advisory Board and Supervisory Board, emphasized: “The significant increase in capacities provided by the new logistics center will make a considerable contribution to continuing the success story of our magnesium die casting plant in the Eifel region. This largest individual investment at the Weinsheim location is another commitment to our main place of business in Germany.” Hartmut Fischer, Managing Director of STIHL Magnesium Die Casting, added: “With the new production logistics, we are creating the best conditions for further growth and securing the future viability of our site. We are gaining urgently needed warehouse space, which has become necessary due to our strong growth in recent years, and optimizing internal logistics processes by means of logistics areas that are located close to production.” Construction was officially completed in mid-May, on time and within budget. “This is an incredible achievement. My thanks go to all companies involved, and of course to our team on-site and our colleagues at STIHL head office in Waiblingen,” Hartmut Fischer was pleased to report.
The new production logistics facility has a floor area of 6,300 square meters and provides over 11,100 storage spaces. Located nearby, the logistics facility is able to use the waste heat from production, meaning it is highly energy-efficient and does not need its own heating system. In addition, an area of approximately 4,500 square meters that was previously used for logistics purposes has been freed up. Hartmut Fischer explained: “The newly acquired production space enables us to increase the production volume at STIHL Magnesium Die Casting and build up new technologies, for example in the field of aluminum gravity die casting, and therefore further increase vertical integration. This will create not only more jobs in the future, but also more possibilities for further growth.”
With the new building, ten new jobs are being created at STIHL Magnesium Die Casting. Dr. Joachim Streit, Administrative Administrator of Eifelkreises Bitburg-Prüm, offers congratulations on the completion and commissioning of the new production logistics: “STIHL has almost fifty years of very successful company history in the Eifel district under its belt, and is one of the largest employers in the region. The investments made in production logistics contribute to creating more jobs. I would like to thank the company management and the employees for the positive business development and the commitment to our region.” Aloysius Söhngen, mayor of the Prüm association of municipalities commented: “The region is grateful that our ‘key business’ STIHL has invested here at this time. The new production logistics facility is a boost to the location of Weinsheim. It is a positive sign for our future in these economically challenging times.”
STIHL Magnesium Die Casting was founded in 1971. Today, it is one of the largest and most modern magnesium die casting plants in Europe. With its high-quality output, the plant is an important part of the global STIHL manufacturing network. Its approximately 750 employees in Weinsheim produce high-quality magnesium components not only for chainsaws and power tools but also the automotive, motorcycle, bicycle, electronics and medical technology industries. Roughly 25 percent of its revenue is from die casting projects for external customers.