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02.01.2017

New Investment: 12 € for new production line in Soest

HAI invests in a new production line, thereby continuing on the consistent course of the 3-pillar strategy

  • Investments of € 12 million at the site in Soest and creation of 50 – 60 new jobs
  • CEO Rob van Gils: „We are taking over an existing production line and increasing our group capacity in the extrusion area to 75,000 tonnes a year and strengthening above all the strategic company divisions of construction and industry.“

Ranshofen, (12/09/2016) – In October 2016, the Upper Austrian aluminium specialist Hammerer Aluminium Industries (HAI) is taking exclusive possession of the existing production line and facility for the production of aluminium profiles from solar assembly manufacturer Schletter based in the Bavarian town of Kirchdorf bei Haag. „Thanks to implementation of the current corporate strategy at Schletter, the opportunity has arisen for us to take over the entire profile production area with all its systems,“ explains CEO Rob van Gils.

Ground-breaking ceremony in October for new 200-metre production hall in Soest The ground-breaking ceremony for the new 200 metre long production hall in Soest took place in October 2016. When the new aluminium extrusion press enters into service following completion of the trial operation phase at the end of 2017, the HAI Group will have eight extrusion lines at its disposal, each producing high-quality aluminium profiles.

„I am pleased that with the new press we can continue on our strategic course and become an even more reliable partner in respect of risk management for our customers in the construction and industry sectors,“ reports CEO Rob van Gils.

Rob van Gils: „We are pursuing the course of healthy and resolute growth.“
„In recent years, we have consistently pursued the course of healthy and resolute growth. With the new investment of € 12 million in the Soest site, we will be creating 50 to 60 new jobs. Moreover, this means we will be broadening our base at our location in North Rhine-Westphalia.“ The plant in Soest taken over by HAI only last year is a pioneer in the field of lightweight aluminium construction for the automotive sector, manufacturing products of the highest quality primarily for the automotive industry. „This segment still has growth potential – however, we are now also targeting both the construction and industry sectors and expanding our existing product range even further,“ says CEO Rob van Gils, explaining the extension of the product portfolio at HAI’s Soest plant.

„In accordance with our Group strategy, we will then be even more broadly positioned and better prepared for the future!“

Hammerer Aluminium Industries (HAI) achieves maximum cost-effectiveness and seamless quality assurance through production of the recycled primary material, extrusion of the aluminium profiles and mechanical processing to produce the finished part. The company is family-owned, so it can act completely independently of external investors. In its three production divisions of Casting, Extrusion and Processing, the HAI Group generated sales of around 380 million euros with nearly 1000 employees in 2015. In the premium segment of lightweight aluminium construction for the automotive industry, the HAI Group is heading towards technological leadership and will soon be Europe’s strongest medium-sized company in this sector, according to the corporate strategy. HAI Group products are not only to be found in the automotive industry, but also in the construction sector, transport technology, electrical engineering applications, machinery and plant engineering, in aviation as well as in medical technology.