WCN Spring 2009

WIRE & CABLE NEWS

ISSUE N° 40

OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE INTERNATIONAL WIRE & MACHINERY ASSOCIATION

New plant on a green field site for Niehoff

Maschinenfabrik Niehoff GmbH & Co KG is building a new plant at the com- pany’s headquarters in Schwabach near Nuremberg, Germany. The September groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of the development. The first phase of construction, comprising a production area of 17,000m 2 and production-related offices of 1,500m 2 , will include the new locations for assembly, test stand, trials, shipping, paint shop and apprentices workshop. The company is investing €25 million, not including the property purchase, in this first construction phase. Dependent upon future business conditions, the company is planning a second phase of construction of a further 8,000m 2 production area. Niehoff continuously invests in the development of new products and in machinery, equipment andmanufacturing and organisational methods. During the last few years the company has expanded its portfolio by adding braiding machines, stranding machines for data cables and inductive annealers to its product line. The forthcoming headquarters relocation in Schwabach is another contribution to the company’s capacity expansion. Spacious shop floors with optimally designed workplaces will enable a more efficient organisation of process flows and savings for material handling and order processing. The new plant will include a new state-of-the-art paint finishing system.

Left to right: Arnd Willmann (architecture office Reindl & Partner, Nuremberg), Heinz Rockenhäuser ▲ ▲ (president of Maschinenfabrik Niehoff), Matthias Thürauf (mayor of Schwabach), Hans-Hermann Kroher, delegate of the shareholder families Niehoff and Kroher, Dr Michael Schwarzer (chairman of the supervi- sory board), Richard Schwager (finance director and economic counsellor of Schwabach)

Over four hundred employees, plus more than forty apprentices, work for Niehoff in Germany. Niehoff group worldwide comprises five subsidiaries and four representative and service offices with about two hundred fifty employees. Of current revenue, about 80% is still generated at the company’s headquarters. Maschinenfabrik Niehoff GmbH & Co KG – Germany

New and used equipment sales

GER SA of Belgium specialises in the sale of new and second-hand machinery for the cable and ferrous and non-ferrous wire industries. Single machines or entire plants are available for the production of steel rods and wire, non-ferrous wire, steel ropes, cables and weldedmesh. A large stock is immediately available, or GER will source specific equipment not in stock. Machinery is sold and exported worldwide in “as is” condition or, on request, GER will recondition and modernise. GER’s sales department will provide an estimate for complete, ready to use units. GER carries out test runs of machinery before shipment, installation and commissioning at the customer’s plant and can also provide operator training.

Fax : +49 9122 977 155 Email : info@niehoff.de Website : www.niehoff.de

Special 40 th anniversary offer for IWMA members

The IWMA reaches a milestone in 2010 when it celebrates its 40 th anniversary. To mark the occasion the Executive Board has decided to make a special offer to all members and new applicant members. Member organisations who renew on their usual date in 2009 will receive two years’ membership for the cost of one year. This offer applies whether the renewal date is January 2009 or December 2009 or any month in between. Similarly, any organisations applying to join the IWMA in any month during 2009 will be given two years’ membership for the price of one year. In such testing economic times the IWMA is pleased to provide members with this special anniversary benefit.

GER SA – Belgium Fax : +32 87 260201 Email : ger@ger.be Website : www.ger.be

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