Röchling Grows in Spain
Röchling Automotive has opened its second factory in Spain. A state-of-the-art production plant has been built in Teruel, in the east of the country, on an area of 40,000 square meters, dedicated to the manufacture of technologically sophisticated plastic parts and components for the automotive industry.
In Spain, Röchling Automotive was already in business in Araia (Álava, Basque Country). However, that plant was no longer capable of handling the increasing customer orders from the Iberian Peninsula. "We need to be able to respond in a flexible manner to our customer’s needs with a production site," said Erwin Doll, responsible for the Automotive Division of the Röchling Board, during the opening ceremony. "Furthermore, with its location in Teruel, Röchling continues following its strategy of promoting internationalization and growth abroad," explained Doll. Teruel is the 40th location of the Röchling Automotive Group worldwide. EUR 16 million were invested in the purchase of the land, the construction of the plant and the machinery.
Construction began August 2016 and since May 2017 the production has been running on four 2-component injection molding machines in a 3200 square meter hall. At the moment, wheel arch liners, deflectors and design covers are produced at the Teruel plant for the car manufacturer Ford and its factory in Valencia. Cowl grilles will be added later this year. Active air shutter systems (Active Grille Shutters) and SCR tanks are also planned for 2018. "With our new plant, we can meet the increasing demand and at the same time reduce delivery times and logistics costs," explained Renzo Magnabosco, Commercial Director of Röchling Automotive Europe South. The new location is strategically ideal, as it is in the middle of a triangle and is suited to supply the GM plant in Zaragoza and Seat-Volkswagen in Martorell. "Additionally, the plants of Nissan in Barcelona and PSA in Madrid can be easily reached," said Magnabosco.
In the following years, the site is to be expanded further. With this in mind, Röchling Automotive has already registered an interest in an additional 40,000 square meters of space. "Experience shows that our newly built works will soon reach their capacity limits. We are ready for this," explains Luca Guella, Technical Director of Röchling Automotive Europe South. There are five more production machines planned from 2018 to 2019, the production plants will be nearly doubled, from 7,000 to 15,000 square meters. Röchling Automotive intends to reach full production capacity in 2019, and will have invested around 21 million euros. At this time, a staff of almost 100 will be employed.
Röchling SE & Co. KG
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