DESMA breaks ground for new factory
Over the past two years, Germany-based footwear machinery producer DESMA Schuhmaschinen GmbH – a member of the Salzgitter Group – is said to have enjoyed significant growth. As a result, its existing factory buildings have reportedly reached their limits in terms of space and capacity. This has led to work commencing on a new factory that is being built on the company’s existing site in the town of Achim, near Bremen. At the head of the 12,000 square metre (129,200 square foot) production building will be a three-storey, U-shaped block providing 4,500 square metres (48,400 square feet) of office space, as well as staffrooms and a cafeteria.
The new production building will also include a warehouse and a new paint shop, and it will also handle preliminary and final machine assembly. In addition, the facility will house a showroom and an innovation centre, where DESMA will test and present its latest technological developments. The building has been designed for the use of state-of-the-art ‘LEAN’ production methods, which include a systematic strategy for minimising waste in a manufacturing system without sacrificing productivity. According to DESMA managing director Klaus Freese, it will optimise the company’s work processes while upholding its quality standards and allowing for increased flexibility. The project is expected to be complete towards the end of 2020.
The photograph at the top of this article shows the groundbreaking ceremony at DESMA's new factory with, from left to right: Rainer Ditzfeld, mayor of Achim, Jan Funke and Anjani Willing of Goldbeck Nord GmbH, Professor Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann (chairman of the executive board), DESMA managing director Klaus Freese and Peter Bohlmann, Verden district councillor.
This article was originally published on page 2 of the July/August 2019 issue of SATRA Bulletin.