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15th September 2017, Saerbeck

Saertex invests in modern production processes

Saertex is investing in the efficiency of its Saerbeck production site. A new, state-of-the-art 10,000 m2 production building was successfully completed this spring. Investments were also made in new machine technology for the carbon production sector. Both are part of the Saertex global production strategy with digitally networked locations in nine countries.

With the construction of a new building at the Saerbeck company headquarters, Saertex has developed a production area with an additional 10,000 m2, which now covers a total area of 50,000 m2 at the most important production plant of the Saertex Group.

New machinery

In addition to constructing the new building, Saertex has also invested several million euros in new machinery, such as a HeavyTow machine for carbon (CFRP) materials, to optimise production capacity. “This is a response to the increased demand for CFRP materials in markets such as aerospace, rotor blade construction for wind turbines and the increasing use of Saertex materials in the automotive and boat building sectors,” the company explains.

Saertex invests in modern production processes in Saerbeck and worldwide. © Saertex

With the commissioning of the new production building in Saerbeck, Saertex has set yet another milestone in its global production strategy. The first machines in the new building are already up and running; this process should be completed by the beginning of next year. In addition to the main plant in Saerbeck, Saertex has responded to the increasing demand for glass, carbon and aramid fibre textile reinforcing materials (non-crimp fabrics) in 2016 by expanding its production capacities at its Portugal location by 50%.

SAP ERP system

With nine production locations on five continents, Saertex is globally active. The introduction of the SAP ERP system throughout the company has helped to gradually link these locations with each other, the manufacturer explains.

In addition to the digitally connected locations in Saerbeck, Portugal, India and Brazil, the key location in the USA was successfully converted to the SAP system during the summer. According to the company, this new system will help better coordinate internal and external processes to improve delivery and performance for customers.

The family-owned company Saertex, is a market leader for manufacturing multiaxial non-crimp fabrics and core materials for the production of fibre-reinforced composites. The company has customers in the wind, aerospace, automotive, sports and boat building industries. For the shipbuilding, transport, oil & gas and construction industries Saertex offers specific support services for the conversion of steel components into composites.

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