Palfinger has broken ground on new sales and service facility in Baden Württemberg, Germany, in order to expand from its Abstatt location.
The company says that it has outgrown the Abstatt facility - to the south of Heilbron - and is therefore moving to an all-new facility that it is building 15 kilometres further south on the A81, in the industrial area of Ilsfeld – to the north of Bietigheim-Bissingen.
The new facility will support all Palfinger products in the Baden Württemberg region, with a focus on customers within a 50 kilometre radius of the new facility. The company had hoped to stay in Abstatt, but was unable to find a suitable building or land, and therefore purchased an 8,000 square metre plot in Ilsfeld on which to build.
The new building will include, substantial assembly and service workshops, with seven 26 metre long bays, modern offices, training rooms and social buildings, all of which will cost around €4 million.
Location manager Uwe Falk said: “We are bursting at the seams in the current Abstatt building, so we had to do something. We wanted to stay in Abstatt, however with no suitable land we had no choice than to move into the neighbouring village of Ilsfeld and put up a new building that will double our capacity”.
The new facility is expected to be completed by June next year, and will look after all Palfinger products, including aerial work platforms, loader cranes, tail lifts and hook/skip loaders. The 11 man technical team is expected to grow to 30 over the next three to five years.
"Palfinger Germany's chief executive Norbert Karrer said: "We currently have 190 service partners in Germany, plus 11 locations that we operate ourselves. We chose the new facility for long term growth, we have big ambitions here and business is good”.