Kongskilde Industries has unveiled step 2 in the major modernising of its plant in Kutno, Poland where 12.2 million Euros have been invested since the beginning of 2009.
Kongskilde Industries inaugurates the last step in the modernisation of its plant in Kutno, Poland
In 2009 Kongskilde was allocated 25 million zloty (6.1 million Euros) from the EU’s Structural Funds for new production equipment and an expansion of the facilities in a 50/50 arrangement where Kongskilde was to finance the remaining half. Now the project is finished, and we have a completely modernised plant.
"The flags are flying, and we are pleased to announce that here in Kutno we inaugurate the plant as part of a two-stage modernisation project which has improved all areas of our factory", said Asbjørn Børsting, who is chairman of Kongskilde Industries and Group CEO of the mother company DLG, when cutting the Kongskilde red ribbon.
"Today is a great day and we are proud to inaugurate these efficient facilities where Kongskilde cultivators, Nordsten seed drills and Howard power harrows are manufactured. We are experiencing a sound increase in orders on machines here in Poland, and we have seen over the last couple of years an increase of around 25-30 percent", added Asbjørn Børsting.
The Building Project 2, which started in the autumn of 2009, followed up on initiatives that naturally appeared after the new building of 14,000 m2 in step 1 was completed. In particular the new facilities include new production equipment, among others three welding robots, several CNC-machines and a top of the range system for surface treatment, but also a new warehouse for spare parts, a covered storage area for raw materials and an overall improved infrastructure. The development also includes new initiatives allowing shorter production runs to increase the production flexibility to the costumer’s benefit.
At the same time the new production equipment gives Kongskilde a wider range of in-house production options.
This is a very extensive project, and the plant is now running in conjunction with other new initiatives. Today Kongskilde Polska has just under 300 employees compared to 250 three years ago, all of whom can be proud of the new production equipment, new offices and canteen.
"We now have an exceptionally modern plant and a group of very motivated employees. This enables Kongskilde to be able to reach every corner of Europe and also many other markets such as North America, South Africa and Japan", said Asbjørn Børsting, who is very optimistic about Kongskilde’s future activities, where the strategy is to continue to launch new equipment every year within the different product areas.
About Kongskilde Industries
Kongskilde Industries is a subsidiary of the DLG Group, which has 5,250 employees and a turnover of 5.6 billion Euros in 2011.
Besides Poland Kongskilde Industries has large production plants in Sweden and Denmark and smaller plants in Germany and North America. The Group employs a total of approx. 1,100 people, spread across four divisions. The largest of these is equipment for soil preparation, followed by grassland machinery and diet feeders, and then pneumatic systems for the paper and plastic industries, as well as a grain division, which includes systems and components for handling and storing grain.
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