Ground-breaking ceremony at Bürstner for new chassis hall in Kehl
Within the scope of its future-focused project "Springtime", Bürstner is investing in a new chassis hall on its company premises at Kehl port. When completed, the hall will play a major role in the optimisation of the production process logistics.
Kehl. The construction of a new chassis hall on the Bürstner GmbH & Co KG premises at Kehl port began with a ground-breaking ceremony on 27 April 2021. The 2,600 square meter hall directly is located in front of the point where the new production line starts. Chassis from Fiat, Mercedes and Citroen are the motorised "platform" the Kehl-based manufacturer uses as the bases for its motorhomes. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the ceremony to celebrate the start of the construction work was attended by a very limited number of people only, which included the three managing directors Jens Kromer (spokesperson for the board), Olaf Sackers and Alexander Kasteleiner as well as Bürstner chairman of the works Council Thomas Heidt. The hall is scheduled for completion in July 2021; its commissioning and handover to the production staff will be another cause for celebration.
The construction of the new hall is part of the "Springtime" project, a comprehensive restructuring effort involving both of the company's production sites in Kehl and in Wissembourg (France). The project, which began in September 2020 and is scheduled for completion in the autumn of 2022, encompasses conversion work, relocations and the same optimisations at both facilities. Some of the sub-projects of "Springtime" include value stream and space optimisation, new production line implementations, the introduction of a modern logistics concept and also the establishment of a production line in Kehl for furniture, which was previously for the most part manufactured in Wissembourg. This will unlock new possibilities for expanding the production of the new compact van Copa at the French site.
"The project name 'Springtime' symbolically stands for a new beginning. It will set Bürstner on course towards more modern, more efficient and even more high-quality production processes.," says Bürstner CTO Olaf Sackers. "We will become more competitive by being able to produce considerably more flexibly - and will create even more secure jobs is the region."
Bürstner's recreational vehicles are currently enjoying extreme popularity. The company is producing to full capacity and is recruiting.