Under the motto "Experiencing the variety of the countryside" Peter Hauk, the Baden-Württemberg Minister for Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection, took a ride on the Kinzigtal railway through the Central/North Black Forest Nature Park from Offenburg to Alpirsbach on 1st June 2017. Together with council leader Bärbel Schäfer, district chief executive Frank Scherer and other colleagues from state and local politics as well as representatives of associations, federations and the economic sector, Minister Hauk and his entourage of about 100 people also visited NEUMAIER INDUSTRY in Hofstetten.
Bernd Neumaier, the owner and Managing Director, explained to the attentive visitors how the NEUMAIER story began. Industrial metal processing is an important mainstay of the company, just as it was when it started its operations. This is where the business cut its teeth, building up its specialist know-how and experience over the course of more than 25 years. Over time "system engineering" has also developed as another important area of business. For many years now the company has been collaborating closely and successfully as an exclusive systems partner of Linde Material Handling, one of the world's leading manufacturers of forklift trucks and warehouse technology equipment. Its innovative, high-tech products for modern in-house logistics operations are highly regarded in the market and their use brings big gains in productivity. For instance, the Linde Factory Train load train system for the safe and efficient flow of materials within a business. The subject of "Industry 4.0" has also come to play a key role in in-house logistics and it is consequently another important area of business for NEUMAIER. The continual development and enhancement of internal logistics processes with partially and fully automated processes and autonomous logistics solutions will enable even more productivity improvements to be achieved in the field of in-house logistics in future.
Another topic for discussion during the minister's visit was the planned construction of a new production hall as an extension to the company's existing buildings. This is because as part of the state support programme "Spitze auf dem Land! Technologieführer für Baden-Württemberg" (Rural frontrunners! - technological leaders in Baden-Württemberg) the construction is being supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The aim of the new building is to make internal processes more efficient, increase production and sales, maintain competitiveness, and increase the capacity for innovation at the same time as helping to reduce environmental impacts.
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