Herma – New production facility for self-adhesive materials
A visualisation of the new Herma coating plant for self-adhesive materials in the South of Germany – operation is planned to start there in late 2019 (Source: BFK Architekten, Stuttgart)
GERMANY • With the inauguration of the new coating plant at its Filderstadt headquarters, Herma will extend its production capacity for self-adhesive materials by 50% from now 800 million square metres to 1.2 billion square metres. By the end of 2019, the company will have invested a total of approximately 100 million Euros in production facilities and buildings on the new premises.
The new coating plant consists of five building sections: The central warehouse for raw materials and semi-finished products, the coating machine hall with two production facilities, a two-floor wing with cutting and packaging systems on the upper level and the shipping area below, a finished goods warehouse, and a social/technical building.
The company expects the outer structure to be finished in autumn 2018; commissioning of the production technology will follow in autumn 2019. The first test runs of coating technology and material handling, which will be robot-assisted for the first time, are scheduled to take place in summer 2019 and regular production to start in late 2019.
The new part of the company is already taking visible shape. The complete building will, for instance, be erected on 460 specialist concrete support pillars which are sunk into the ground to a depth of more than 12 metres due to the ground conditions.
For technical reasons, the shell construction company had to create two casting segments for the reinforced concrete floor slab with a thickness of 120 cm that will house the new high bay warehouse for raw materials.
Total investment of approximately 100 million Euros
Dr Thomas Baumgärtner expects the outer structure to be finished in autumn 2018, and regular production to start in late 2019. Since an energy concept is being implemented, the new building complex will be able to run its production fully independently from the existing Herma location.
On Herma’s new premises, the labelling machines production facility is currently also under construction. It is planned to go into operation towards the end of 2018, when this division moves from its current location in Deizisau to Filderstadt. By the end of 2019, Herma will have invested a total of approximately 100 million Euros in production facilities and buildings on the new premises.
“The new plant will enable us to produce new self-adhesive materials, and particularly to extend our portfolio in the film-based materials sector, which is experiencing fast growth”, says Dr Thomas Baumgärtner, managing director and head of self-adhesive materials division.