Official opening of Europe's most modern folding box factory
From the left CEO Hans Schur, Finance Minister Harry Glawe and Managing Director Klaus Madsen
21 September 2016 was the day on which Finance Minister Harry Glawe and Engineer Mr Stieff cut the red ribbon and symbolically handed over the keys for the new facilities in Gallin to Klaus Madsen, who is the managing director of the factory. The factory was hereby declared officially opened.
Four years ago, the decision to build the new folding box factory was made and the construction work started two years ago. Now there is a 28,000 m2 factory and a 30-meter high-rise warehouse with storage facilities for 23,000 pallets. All machines are new - not a single one of them comes from the old factory close to Büchen. However, this cannot be said about the 150 employees.
Its location – compared with that of the previous factory, situated approx. 24 km from Gallin – was the main reason for building a new factory right here. Now the location of the factory provides easy access to the motorway and is in the vicinity of the old factory, which made it possible for the company to draw on the expertise and experience of the employees. As previously, the factory will serve customers south of the Danish border.
The investment amounts to approx. EUR 70m - equivalent to more than DKK 500m - and this is Schur's biggest investment ever, CEO Hans Schur says.
The three new printing presses – of which two can print 6 colours and the third one 8 colours in the same printing process – can produce up to 20,000 sheets per hour. Automative trucks bring the packaging from one process to the other. When the packaging has been glued and packed into corrugated board boxes, it continues to the high-rise warehouse where it is stored until delivery to the customer takes place.
Empty wooden pallets are being crushed and sent for incineration in the factory's own boiler system. In this way, we heat the entire building, Klaus Madsen explains. Hans Schur supplements: The surplus heat generated by the printing presses provides heating for the high-rise warehouse. Therefore, we do not use any oil, gas or other fossil fuels.
At the same time we have installed 1,000 m2 solar cells on the roof. This generates 1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity. We are the most environmentally friendly producer of packaging in the industry.