Linde Hydraulics, a manufacturer of hydraulic and electronic drive systems based in Germany, recently announced investments of 50 million euros ($54 million) in technology at its German sites.
The investments will be divided into 50 individual projects and managed in parallel. The investment project is to be completed by 2025.
A large part of the investment goes into the main plant in Nilkheim (Aschaffenburg). The plant consists of a production and assembly hall of 22,000 square meters (72,178 square feet) and an office complex, providing space for 700 employees. The plant has currently an annual capacity for 150,000 hydraulic units (pumps and motors) and an additional 50,000 assembly kits for final assembly in the worldwide plants (China and U.S.).
New machinery worth 18 million euros ($19.5 million) is already being implemented. This includes new melting oven, flexible test benches, and five-axis machining centers. Additional multimillion-euro investments will follow over the next three years.
New five-axis machining centers are also being implemented at the Ballenstedt plant, where the company’s valves and valve kits are manufactured. Further investments of around 12 million euros ($12.9 million) are scheduled for the coming years. The modernizations will help to make the site, which has been part of Linde Hydraulics since 1990, more sustainable. Valve technology is an essential element of Linde’s growth strategy, underlined by the recently introduced VW22/18 M5-03 valve developed in Aschaffenburg and produced in Ballenstedt.
The AB-GUSStech foundry in Schweinheim (Aschaffenburg), a wholly owned subsidiary of Linde Hydraulics, is also being modernized. New automation technology for casting preparation is currently being installed, and further updates are being prepared as part of the major investment.
In addition to the initiatives in Germany, the company is also investing significantly in its international locations in the U.S. and China.
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