Expanding its factory is helping EMPL to meet the high demand across the world for special-purpose truck bodies. A solid business performance and the goal of sustainable growth called for production to be expanded.
On course for growth
The new building will be ready in late 2021. At around the same time, the prototype for the new disaster control pumpers (LF-KatS) will also be complete. The German Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI) has placed a firm order for 60 + 1 of these vehicles via the German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance, with the option of purchasing a further 120 or so vehicles on top. The series of new structurally identical LF-KatS vehicles, which are to be built on Mercedes-Benz Atego four-wheel-drive chassis, will begin production in the new workshops as early as 2022.
Besides other special-purpose vehicles, such as 2,000 UTF shelter frames for the German Federal Army, more than 400 vehicles for the THW are also currently being manufactured in Elster. These include 200 multi-purpose support vehicles and 220 platform bodies and flatbeds with tarpaulin bodies. Over 30 roll-off containers for transporting EMPL special transporters for crowd barriers as well as 18 group equipment support vehicles for special forces are also being produced at present on behalf of the German Federal Police. Five of the thirty-two optional vehicles have already been ordered.
State-of-the-art production and customer centre
The groundbreaking ceremony for the EUR 20 million complex was held on 8 October 2020 in the presence of numerous guests of honour, including Saxony-Anhalt’s then Interior Minister Holger Stahlknecht. The complex is expected to be completed and commissioned in autumn 2021.
The site will have a total surface area of over 8,500 m² and a cubic volume of 55,000 m³. Besides a cutting-edge assembly and production workshop for fire fighting vehicles with over 30 parking spaces, it will also house offices, an exclusive customer centre complete with seminar and meeting rooms and a vehicle handover hall. The company is also investing in various testing facilities such as a pump test stand, a test site for checking and testing foam addition systems, a vehicle test track and a tipping platform.
There are plans to put a photovoltaic system on the production workshop roof. In addition, much of the glass frontage is to be equipped with photovoltaic elements to generate electricity while also providing shade.
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