With the symbolic groundbreaking, drive manufacturer Flender has officially started construction work on the expansion of its German site in Voerde on the Lower Rhine.
Official start of construction work: Flender CEO Andreas Evertz (center) breaks ground together with Markus Ritte (Flender Real Estate) and the managers of the Voerde site Christian Weck, Mark Zundel and Peter Ohm (from left)
With this expansion, Flender is responding to the increased demand in the wind and industrial business and is redesigning its logistics concept at the Voerde site. Gearboxes and drive systems assembled in Voerde have grown continuously in size and weight in recent years. Flender has also been producing complete drive trains consisting of gearbox and generator with very large and heavy components for wind energy drives under its Winergy product brand for some time. The components, which were previously stored de-centrally, can now be stored in a central spot and made available for assembly more quickly with optimized transport routes. The drive specialist is thus further reducing its CO2 footprint in logistics and assembly.
The new logistics and storage facility for Flender's business with large drives is being built on almost 8000 m²
"I am very happy that the expansion of our site in Voerde will allow us to centralize our logistics activities, bringing us another step closer to our goal of operating in a completely carbon neutral fashion by 2030. With the new warehouse space, we are making our logistics processes sustainable and thus reducing a significant part of the previous transport routes and the associated CO2 emissions," says Flender Group CEO Andreas Evertz.
At its Voerde site, Flender manufactures gearboxes and drive systems for the wind sector and industrial business. With 276 000 m² of space in the future and around 1500 employees, it is the largest Flender site in Germany.