Sennebogen has opened a new steel plant in Hungary to expand its capacity for steel assemblies and welded construction.
The 29,000 square-metre manufacturing facility and modern office complex was built on a 32-acre site about a 30-minute drive from the first Sennebogen steel plant in Balatonfüred.
“With this greenfield investment in Hungary, we are not only expanding our capacities to meet the growing demand, but also building reserves for the future,” said Walter Sennebogen.
Designed for handling large and heavy components up to about 30 metres long and weighing in at 25 tonnes, the new facility will produce 18,144,000 kg of steel structures per year in its current configuration.
Its warehousing, work preparation and intralogistics are optimized and geared towards the particularly large components and will deliver increased capacity. An investment was also made in modern machine tools and machining centres for mechanical processing as well as flame and laser cutting.
As is the case in all Sennebogen facilities, a holistic design approach was used. Every step of the production process was considered. To complement the manufacturing process, an ergonomic welding area to produce welded structures was created, as was a paint shop equipped to the latest standards.
“With the new plant, we are supplementing our previous steel component production capacity in Balatonfüred. The locations are also logistically connected via plant traffic,” said Managing Director Michael Seiferling.
Sennebogen’s investment and greenfield approach supports its growth strategy, while securing its supply chain. The new production facility also created 80 new skill jobs for construction mechanics and welding technology specialists.
According to Walter Sennebogen, the sustainability aspect also played a key role in the design of the new location.
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“The plant is equipped with a photovoltaic system with an output of 2.4 megawatts so that it will be energy self-sufficient with the electrical power generated from its PV system,” he said.
“The office building is also heated with energy-efficient underfloor heating and the production hall with low-temperature heating via concrete core activation.”
Sennebogen President Constantino Lannes explained the new facility is part of looking “beyond the machine” and meeting customer demand.
“We were thrilled to learn about this investment when it was first decided over 2.5 years ago and today this is going to allow us to continue to meet customer expectation in terms of meeting the market demand,” Lannes said.