Groundbreaking for new sales and service subsidiary in Meinerzhagen

Wittmann invests in the future

(PresseBox) (Kottingbrunn / Austria, ) On November 14, work on the construction of a new building complex for the German sales and service subsidiary of Wittmann Battenfeld in Meinerzhagen began with a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony. Inauguration of the new building, with an estimated cost of about 5.5 million EUR, is planned for June 2009.

Considering the importance of the German market, the Wittmann group has decided to build a new facility in the immediate vicinity of its present location in Meinerzhagen, the birthplace of Battenfeld. The new building is being constructed on a 15,000 m²site in the Darmcher Grund industrial area.

From July 2009 onwards, Wittmann Battenfeld will perform its services from this new facility with a 2,500 m² warehouse equipped with modern logistics for spare parts storage and dispatch, production of Airmould and Aquamould equipment, and a generously dimensioned technical lab with a total floor space of 1,100 m². The technical lab for machine demonstrations, production tests and customer training programs will be equipped with a selection from Wittmann Battenfeld's range of injection molding machinery and peripheral equipment from Wittmann.

The new facility will be rounded off with an office wing for the sales and customer support team and the design engineers employed on site, to ensure quick, competent service for the customer base.

Pending relocation to the new, company-owned premises, Wittmann Battenfeld will continue to operate from its present site so as to be available to its German customers as the central contact partner for sales, customer support and process technology services.

Moreover, sales and service staff distributed all over Germany will continue to work as local partners for customers on a regional basis.

Following the takeover of Battenfeld Injection Molding by the Wittmann group in April of this year, the company's nation-wide sales and service activities were reunited in one corporate entity as of September 01, which now trades as Wittmann Battenfeld GmbH & Co. KG. The explicit aim is to offer customers clear, concentrated responsibility for sales and service, which has now been ensured once more.

Klaus Ehlig, the subsidiary's Managing Director, emphasizes: "With our decision to construct a new building, we want to provide support for our local customers in developing and implementing manufacturing solutions. Our powerful customer support network will also be extended and further strengthened by this move. Battenfeld has a long tradition in Meinerzhagen, where its first production facility was established here in 1954. With the construction of this new building for the subsidiary, the Wittmann group is investing in a location in Germany, which means in the future."

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