For Wacker Neuson Linz GmbH, not even a move to a new workshop can interrupt production to meet strong market demand.
LINZ - There’s intense activity all along the assembly lines. Excavator cabs float gracefully along the factory floor of the compact machines manufacturer Wacker Neuson Linz GmbH. Standing at their workstations, workers single-handedly move machine components weighing up to several hundred kilos to and fro.
Glancing up along the chain hoists in the direction of the workshop ceiling, a view onto a colorful rail network opens up – red, yellow and orange crane struts that are part of a modular system specially designed by Konecranes.
The workshop here in Hörsching makes compact and mobile excavators, skid steer loaders and wheel and track dumpers for construction and industrial use, as well as for gardening and landscaping. The building we’re in is part of the vast facility that belongs to Wacker Neuson Linz GmbH – one of eight production facilities worldwide of the global Wacker Neuson Group, an internationally leading group of companies for the development, production and sales of compact machines and construction equipment.
At the entrance to the workshop, Gert Reichetseder, Wacker Neuson Linz GmbH’s Managing Director, meets up with Ernst Bammer, a Project Manager from Konecranes.
“This project was a challenging one on many levels, but we managed to bring it to a successful conclusion,” Reichetseder says, greeting Bammer with a vigorous handshake.
Wacker Neuson Linz GmbH moved into this site in May 2012. It was due to increasing demand for its products that the company had planned and constructed the new facility, which is in close proximity to the airport. The project was completed within a whirlwind period of just eleven months.
The result of more than 65 million euros in capital outlay, the project was the biggest investment in the Wacker Neuson Group’s history. It was also the largest single investment made in Upper Austria in 2012. All in all, the high tech facility covers a built-up area of 50,000 square meters, set on 17 hectares of grounds. The production workshop is one of the most modern compact machinery works worldwide today.
A proven partner
“To construct our new workshop, it was necessary to plan, produce and assemble a very large number of cranes and take them into service,” Wacker Neuson Linz GmbH's Managing Director Reichetseder explains as we tour the facility. In addition to the limited lead-time, it was also important to prepare for further challenges.
High volatility in the compact machinery sector means that adapting quickly to rapidly changing market demands is crucial. For this reason, the Wacker Neuson Linz GmbH workshop needed a crane system that was highly compatible and flexible. A call for tenders followed, and Konecranes won the contract.
“We had already been using about 30 cranes by Konecranes at our previous site in Leonding since 1998,” Reichetseder recalls. “We were very satisfied with Konecranes’ competence in problem-solving, their reliability and service, as well as our contacts. Under these circumstances it was quite natural for us to fall back on a proven partner.”
- The XM light crane system can be modified in the event of market changes.
- Installation was organized to prevent interruptions to the production process.
- The light traveling cranes have spans of up to 10 meters and can carry loads of up to 1,250 kg.