Hettich is extending its production space for drawer runners. Dr Andreas Hettich placed the first of 1,300 steel piles on the AUD$60.1 million, 30,000 m2 site that will be the company’s largest production facility worldwide.

Hettich is extending its production space for drawer runners at its Kirchlengern headquarters in Germany. The turf was cut for the company’s largest production facility worldwide on 6 April 2016. Expanding and optimising production is part of the Hettich group’s growth strategy and commitment to Germany as a manufacturing base. It is investing over € 40 million (AUD$60.1 million).

An interlinked building concept made up of three structures is planned for completion by April 2017. This comprises the main building, the incoming and outgoing goods departments as well as the components warehouse as the central logistics unit. On a site of some 24,544 m2 and enclosing a space of about 158,000 m3, new production areas are being constructed for drawer runners and a state-of-the-art toolmaking operation.

Two levels will produce extremely effective and innovative production processes and also optimise available space. The ground floor will accommodate the production facility in the form of a steel reinforced concrete structure; the upper production level will be a largely self-supporting, highly insulated timber frame construction with external pylon structure. The reduced residual supply of heat needed will be provided through a local heat supply line from Hettich’s existing system.

In terms of production logistics, energy efficiency and building typology, the Hettich group is making a contribution to responsible industrial construction with this building project too. As part of project planning, the primary energy requirement was calculated in line with the specifications of Germany’s 2016 Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV) and falls 46% below them.