Zeppelin Group invests in the Rödermark site

28.01.2017, Garching near Munich

A powerful new laser cutting machine for Zeppelin Plant Engineering

Zeppelin Group has invested in a new laser cutting machine for its Rödermark site. The new system is expected to cut more than 85% of all sheet metal parts on site. The investment amounts to around €750,000, including work on the hall.

Peter Gerstmann, Chairman of the Management Board of Zeppelin GmbH, highlighted the importance of the site for the Group at the official ceremony to commission the system. "This investment represents a commitment to the Rödermark site (located near Frankfurt). Demand for our units and mixed systems has risen consistently for a number of years. With this new machine, we can continue to fulfill our customers' high expectations without restriction, whilst also reducing manufacturing costs." 

The new equipment features proven CO2 technology to enable more precise component cuts, and was manufactured by Prima Power; a Finnish-Italian company with a distribution and service branch in neighboring Dietzenbach. Various criteria including accessibility, the level of automation, and, in particular, service – which is ensured by geographical proximity – influenced the purchasing decision. "We cannot afford long downtimes," commented Sophie Rabenau, Project Manager for Zeppelin Plant Engineering at the Rödermark site. "Once the decision to build a system has been made, customers expect the system to be up and running within a few months. That's why the new machine will be operated in two-shift mode." The installation of the new system was also used as an opportunity to optimize work processes and, where possible, to automate them. 

Axel Kiefer, Head of the Plant Engineering strategic business unit, highlighted that the removal of the old machine and installation of the new one took place without any interruption to operations: "That put a significant strain on all of our employees, and I would like to thank them for their fantastic level of commitment." 

At the commissioning ceremony for the new cutting machine, Peter Gerstmann and Axel Kiefer emphasized the Group's social commitment as they presented a check for €2,500 to Werkstätten Hainbachtal, a specialist unit for people with disabilities and mental health problems, as a donation to support investment in further expanding the facility.