The expansion of the Wehrheim site of Heraeus Medical is now taking concrete form. The business, which has been recognised as one of the most innovative small and medium sized companies in Germany having taken second place in the TOP 100 Innovation Award, celebrated the official start of construction of the new production building with the laying of its foundation stone on 9 September. About 200 guests, including a number of employees from Heraeus Medical, were involved in the celebrations.
In his speech Dr André Kobelt, Member of the Board of Management of Heraeus Holding and Managing Director of Heraeus Medical, outlined the successful history of the company, which has increased its turnover from €25 million to about €140 million in 12 years. Such growth also has to be reflected in the company’s production capacities. The new production building will provide 2800 square metres of urgently needed relief and will create capacity for the continued above average growth that Heraeus Medical is aiming for in the next few years.
Dr Britta Bär, production manager at Heraeus Medical and the person responsible for the new construction project, describes how the production area will be used from autumn 2018 onwards: about 1000 square metres of clean room will be available for the company’s innovative products. About 650 square metres of storage area will ease the situation for logistics and the remaining area will be used for production of a new product. The entire area has been designed in a collaboration between the Operations Excellence team under the management of Michael Werth using the latest lean criteria.
Together with her colleague Alan Gubeljic, Dr Bär buried a time capsule made from stainless steel containing memorabilia and documents into the stonework of the new building. The highlight of the time capsule is that all visitors to the building will be able to view it through a glass screen, making it a lovely memory of the celebrations. Dr Bär wished a long life ahead for the new building, saying ‘I hope that the time capsule will never be dug up’.