Mayor of Ahlen visited Leifeld’s new production site
Mayor Dr. Alexander Berger visited the
new production site of Leifeld Metal Spinning AG at Vatheuershof and had a look
behind the scenes of the Ahlener world market leader. Leifeld’s know-how is requested
when it comes to the stars among others.
Almost 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong was
the first person to enter the moon on June 21, 1969. After it has calmed down
in the following decades at least in public perception on the subject of space
travel, the industry is currently presenting enormous growth figures. According
to the Federal Association of the German Aerospace Industry, the annual growth
prospects are impressive at around five percent. In addition to the traditional
space nations USA and Russia, new players such as China, India, the European
Union and private actors have entered the market in recent decades.
“The spinning machine, which we have currently built, is unique in the world and allows us completely innovative ways of metal forming,” says Leifeld CEO Oliver Reimann. The machines for chipless metal forming produced by Leifeld enable, for example, in the aerospace industry, the production of components for discharge nozzles or booster and turbine parts. In addition to this industry, Leifeld machinery is also used in the automotive or energy sector.
Also in order to be able to design and
build larger machines at the Ahlen site, the world market leader has greatly
expanded over the past two years. For example, the new assembly hall with its
approx. 3,500 square meters of floor space and 15 meters in height offers the
best conditions to continue to innovate. Mayor Berger was impressed: “I am
pleased that Leifeld has been loyal to the Ahlen location for almost 130 years
and has expanded and concentrated its production capacities.”
The new hall also offers the in-house
loading of road trains, something that was previously not possible at the
location on Feldstraße: “The four cranes enable us to easily load large
machines,” says Technical Director Benedikt Nillies. And Reimann adds:
“With the new hall and the new capacities, we can react even more flexibly
to the wishes of our customers, such as driving in or testing large machines
under maximum load. At this point, I would also like to thank the city of Ahlen
and the local business development agency for their support during the planning
and construction phase. “
Ideal conditions, therefore, to build
machines in the future in Ahlen. Leifeld Metal Spinning has produced over 6.250
machines in almost 130 years and delivered them to 60 countries.