Layher’s “Plant 3”, located in Güglingen-Eibensbach Germany, has officially commenced operations. This highly automated and energy-efficient Allround Scaffolding production facility ensures continued reliable production of high-quality Layher scaffolding for their customers today and into the future.
The ability to consistently deliver large volumes of high quality scaffolding is a crucial requirement for their customers. To enable this, this family-owned company decided years ago to build a third production plant – thus expanding its production capacities. Following a lengthy and time-consuming approval procedure, construction work commenced in the autumn of 2021. Production officially started a couple of years later, as scheduled. The new production facility was required due to significantly increased demand for Layher systems.
“Layher is a dependable partner pursuing a long-term and consistent investment policy – with the aim of increasing production capacities and ensuring Layher’s high quality standards by means of highly automated and continuously controlled production”, explains Managing Director Wolf Christian Behrbohm. “By building ‘Plant 3’ we have created the right conditions needed to ensure that our customers can continue to rely on rapid delivery from Layher. This is the only way for scaffolding construction projects to be started and completed on schedule. A key competitive advantage for scaffolding construction companies. And for the success of our customers, because that’s our aim”, adds Behrbohm.
The latest technology plus high energy efficiency
The new plant, with a surface area of around eleven hectares, is a self-contained Allround Scaffolding production centre for producing and hot-dip galvanising the components, the leading system solution for large-scale engineering use in the building, construction, industrial, infrastructure and event industries. The state-of-the-art plant includes; optimal and efficient production technologies, the latest in automation and storage techniques, along with a high degree of digitalisation and also energy-efficient operation. The production halls and buildings of the new plant also feature comprehensive measures for building insulation, a photovoltaic solar panels system, and the use of waste heat recovered from the production processes in conformity with the high energy efficiency standard BEG 40 (German Efficient Building regulations).
Focus on sustainable operation
A variety of measures, such as complete enclosure of the pre-treatment area in the hot-dip galvanising facility and encapsulated sections of the facility with efficient filtering and reprocessing equipment, also ensure that emissions fall well below the statutory limit values, providing protection from waste air, waste water and noise emissions. To compensate for environmental effects in the region, the owner families Langer and Layher have also selected projects that have visible results for local residents and can be completed within a short time. These measures include humane relocation of several animal species into substitute habitats, the greening of facades and roofs, and re-naturalisation of over one kilometre of the river Zaber: with alluvial woods and meadows, rerouting of the river bed to create different water flow speeds, and appropriately shaped riverbanks. The aim is to create beneficial aquatic, amphibious and terrestrial habitats.
Strengthening the local community
The decision to expand production in the Zabergäu district was made very deliberately and is a clear commitment to the region. The company benefits at this location not only from short distances between development, production and logistics sites, but also from well-qualified, experienced and motivated employees. That enables it to react flexibly to changing demand. As a family-owned company with strong bonds to the region, it also attaches great importance to safeguarding jobs at the location – and by doing so strengthening the secondary and tertiary sectors at the same time. “Plant 3” itself will employ 380 people in the final expansion stage.