Quality and innovation are essential to the success of the WEINIG Group. At the recent Ligna both Weinig and Holz-Her exhibited on the same massive stand, a demonstration that the two separate brands are truly merged into the one major company. The motto ‘Weinig offers more’ is more relevant than ever.

The symbolic ground-breaking ceremony on the Holz-Her production facility in Voitsberg, Austria, signalled the start of an ambitious forward-looking project. The 22,000 m2 site of the specialist for machines and systems for panel processing is being developed with a 1,000 m2 extension specifically designed for the planned new CNC milling machine for framework processing. The new hall will exclusively accommodate new and pioneering machine technology for the machining of large steel structural components. Holz-Her’s intention is to make its production even more efficient and flexible. The investment of 4.5 million euros is part of a group-wide investment package of more than 15 million euros and will secure the future, long-term growth of the company. The start of the construction project was marked with a small ceremony attended by all personnel.

The project was approved by Weinig’s Supervisory Board as part of a series of planned investments. “Our decision is a deliberate response to the growing importance and huge potential of the Business Unit for Panel Processing,” says Chairman of the Supervisory Board Thomas Bach. Holz-Her has been part of the Weinig Group since 2010. The innovative company can look back on an extremely successful last few years. Turnover has risen by 20 percent over the last two years alone. Just recently, Holz-Her attracted massive attention at the world’s leading trade fair LIGNA with its Nextec technology for furniture production. As a result of the strong growth, production capacity in Voitsberg has already doubled.

The investment will also have a positive impact on the employment situation at the Holz-Her production site. Currently, 300 personnel are employed in Austria. Thanks to the further expansion of sales activities, the extension of the product portfolio with regard to CNC processing centres, the development of the saw/storage combination segment, the further evolution of edge banders for industrial applications and the extension of the factory, Frank Epple anticipates further requirements for qualified personnel. “Holz-Her, like the entire Weinig Group, is on a strong trajectory,” says Wolfgang Pöschl. Group orders to the end of April showed 17% growth while revenues rose by as much as 21%. The Weinig Group is very confident of achieving the order inflow of 471 million euros targeted for 2017. Owing to the excellent business growth, the group’s global personnel will increase to more than 2,100 in 2017.