In Neuss: What belongs together, grows together
New “Niederrhein” factory on the Neuss harbor mole has opened
The two Pierburg GmbH production sites in Nettetal and Neuss in North Rhine-Westphalia are being combined in a new factory on the Neuss harbor mole; the new Pierburg site in Neuss has been opened on 24 October 2014. The production facilities will become a benchmark plant for the product areas solenoid valves, exhaust gas recirculation and other passenger car and commercial vehicle components within Pierburg’s global site structure.
The first excavators moved in back in November 2012. The first phase involved transporting around 10,000 truckloads of filler material to the site in order to raise it around one-and-a-half meters as protection against a 350-year design-basis flood. And a lot has been happening in the vicinity of the new buildings, too. The city of Neuss built a public access road and carried out drainage works on the jetty, which involved ramming more than 300 piles in excess of ten meters long into the ground.
The new production facilities cover a total area of more than 25,000 square meters. The site, which is located right on the banks of the Rhine, includes not only a modern, U-shaped, three-story administrative building with a silver-gray façade but also four production halls. Covering 7,800 square meters, the biggest complex is KSPG’s new assembly facilities where, among other things, around 25 million solenoid valves destined for the global automotive industry are produced every year.
Right behind the assembly hall is the 5,600-squaremeter logistics area with its 14-meter-high shelving units. Once the complex is up and running, the goal is to process around 100 truckloads here every single day. A hall for the mechanical machining of the products covers another 3,400 square meters, while a foundry equipped with all manner of heavy machinery covers an area of 5,000 square meters. Despite these impressive proportions, the plant takes on an almost diminutive appearance from the exterior. It will also be screened from the city center by a public park on the embankment with extensive greenery, a space that is sure to become yet another attraction for Neuss.
The company has invested a total of €50 million in the new site, where 520 people now work. The entire staff of the Neuss plant as well as 100 employees from Nettetal are already active at the new Niederrhein facility. By mid 2015, the remaining Nettetal staff should have moved to the new plant on the Rhine. Right from the planning stage, the Neuss-based automotive parts maker placed great emphasis on a sustainable building design, declaring from the outset its goal of obtaining DGNB silver certification.