With the inauguration of the new coating plant at its Filderstadt headquarters, Herma will extend its production capacity for self-adhesive materials by 50% from the now 800 million square metres to 1.2 billion square metres – this is approximately the size of New York City.
The first test runs of coating technology and material handling, which will be robot assisted for the first time, are scheduled to take place in summer 2019.
‘The new plant will enable us to produce new self-adhesive materials, and particularly to extend our portfolio in the film based materials sector, which is experiencing fast growth,’ said managing director Dr Thomas Baumgärtner, who also heads the Self-Adhesive Materials Division.
The new part of the company is already taking visible shape. The construction process is pushing people and materials alike to the extreme, with regard to both height and depth of the building. The complete building will be erected on 460 specialist concrete support pillars which are sunk into the ground to a depth of more than 12 metres due to the ground conditions.
The company expects the outer structure to be finished in autumn 2018, and regular production to start in late 2019.
The labelling machines production facility is also currently under construction. It is planned to go into operation towards the end of 2018, when this Herma division moves from its current location in Deizisau to Filderstadt. By the end of 2019, the company will have invested a total of approximately 100 million Euros in production facilities and buildings on the new premises.