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Company News Sumitomo (SHI) Demag modernises facilities

| Editor: Steffen Donath

With a new warehouse and training centre, Sumitomo invests in its facilities to optimise internal and external processes.

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From left to right Dr Thorsten Thümen, Shoichi Ohira, Gerd Liebig, Robert Josephus, Martin Fischer
From left to right Dr Thorsten Thümen, Shoichi Ohira, Gerd Liebig, Robert Josephus, Martin Fischer
(Source: Sumitomo)

Since 2016, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Plastics Machinery has invested almost 20 million euro in modernising facilities and equipment at its two German sites in Schwaig and Wiehe. On 29 June 2020, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to mark the next project phase within the growth strategy of the Japanese-German injection moulding machinery manufacturer: the construction of a new lightweight warehouse with 1,600 m2 of floor space.

“The optimisation of our internal logistics is the logical consequence of the capacity expansion and modernisation of production. We can further increase production efficiency and throughput times and achieve faster delivery times,” says CEO Gerd Liebig.

The new hall location enables a direct material flow from goods receipt and the dispatch loading zone to production. Future plant expansions have also been accounted for in the planning of the building. Notably, the new hall houses the central collection point for production waste in order to make sorting, disposal and recycling even more efficient. The expansion and modernisation of the training centre is now also complete. Doubling capacity for customer training, the expansion of new training rooms provides direct connection to the applications technology department. The rooms are equipped with the latest media technology, including digital boards with touchback function and an online studio, which enables course participants from all over the world to benefit from the online training.

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