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L’Orange Opens New Manufacturing Facility in Glatten

Posted on May 4, 2009

Tognum subsidiary L’Orange has now officially opened its new production facility in Glatten, Germany (Black Forest). L’Orange has invested approximately US$10.7 million in the extension of its manufacturing capacities in Glatten, making the new building the largest single investment in the history of the company. Another US$4 million was invested in the equipment for the new manufacturing facility. The facility will manufacture common-rail injectors for MTU’s Series 4000 engine. The new building also serves as a state-of-the-art transport and logistics center.

The new production facility provides for leaner production processes. One example is the fact that L’Orange managed to integrate the nozzle element processing operations for MTU Series 4000, which were previously located at the company’s Wolfratshausen location near Munich, into the process line in the new production hall. All manufacturing processes at the new location are geared to suit the objective of lean production principles, i.e. by assigning them to independent manufacturing cells, facilitating significantly shorter process cycles.

The new transport and logistics center also optimizes shipping and incoming goods operations for all facilities in Glatten. A fully automated pallet transport system facilitating a continuous and quick flow of goods from all the individual manufacturing facilities is in use.

“The optimized processes enable L’Orange to significantly raise their overall efficiency,” explains Christof von Branconi, member of the executive board and COO of Tognum AG with responsibility for the business unit Onsite Energy & Components. What is more: the environment benefits from the overall facility structure, since “we are using the test stand exhaust air to recover heat, thereby actively contributing to climate protection.”

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