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Rosenbauer opens the fire industry's most modern firefighting vehicle plant (with photo)

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Plant Openings

- Production in line with the industrial standards used in the automotive
industry  
- Sequenced AT and PANTHER assembly lines 
- Major investment of around EUR 12 million secures the course for the future


Following a 12-month conversion and adaptation phase, today Rosenbauer
officially opens the fire industry's most modern vehicle plant. The central
element in the Plant II Leonding is formed by two new, synchronized production
lines for PANTHER ARFFs and AT municipal fire trucks. Assembly takes place using
complete process synchronization and in line with the industrial standards
employed in the automotive and mechanical engineering sectors. Production at the
 Plant II Leonding commenced successfully in April and the first vehicles to
come off the new production lines were completed only a few days after start-up.
The initial PANTHER from  Plant II Leonding was supplied to Sibu Airport in
Malaysia, while the first AT was supplied to the Thüngen Fire Service in
Germany.       

The new facility is designed for the annual production of around 150 PANTHER
ARFFs and 250 AT municipal fire trucks in one-shift operation, although this
capacity can be raised using shift models. 2013 and 2104 have seen investments
of over EUR12 million in the new plant, which is future with employ around 350
people. The new premises are situated only 3 km away from Rosenbauer Group
headquarters and have an area of approximately 52,000 m² with some 15,000 m² of
hall space and roughly 5,000 m² of office accommodation.   

The Plant II Leonding provides an increase of around 60 per cent in the
production floor space available at the Leonding location. And as Dr. Dieter
Siegel, the Rosenbauer International AG Chairman, explains:" We have thus
obtained the room that we urgently required. In addition we have been able to
completely reshape our production. Intensive competition demands technical
solutions that facilitate the faster manufacture of top quality fire service
vehicles. With this extremely modern plant, we have already set the stage for a
continuation of our business success in the hotly contested, international fire
industry market."  

Sequenced line production in spite of small batches and vehicle diversity 

Assembly on both the main lines takes place at defined stations and in
accordance with an established sequence. The vehicles and superstructures are
moved automatically from one station to the next on rails and signals indicate
the start of the next cycle. Assembly takes place in line with the flow
principle, material supply according to the Kanban and pull principles. In
addition, the working sequences have been systematically oriented towards the
value flow concept and all the working processes and interfaces revised.
Accordingly, the employees have also been provided with the necessary
specialist, procedural and methodological competences.  

PANTHER assembly consists of six stations for the 6x6 and 4x4 models and
following a short run-up phase is now completed in a two-day rhythm. The
pre-prepared chassis is carried on a transport wagon from one assembly station
to the next. Adjacent to the main line is a 4-station, cabin line and two
separate short assembly lines, each with three stations for special types and
PANTHERs requiring specific equipment, two assembly workstations for 8x8 trucks
and three finishing work stations. In June, the production of chassis for the
6x6 and 4x4 models also commenced in Plant II on a sequenced line.    

The assembly of AT municipal fire trucks takes place in a one-day sequence via
thirteen workstations, whereby as opposed to the PANTHER line, only the
superstructure without the chassis is transported. The marriage between the
superstructure and the chassis takes place in the final working cycle and then
the vehicles receive their payload and are started up at various workstations.
Pictures with Announcement:
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Further inquiry note:
Rosenbauer International AG
Mag. Gerda Königstorfer
Tel.: 0732/6794-568
gerda.koenigstorfer@rosenbauer.com

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Pictures with Announcement:
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company:     Rosenbauer International AG
             Paschingerstrasse 90
             A-4060 Leonding
phone:       +43(0)732 6794 568
FAX:         +43(0)732 6794 89
mail:     ir@rosenbauer.com
WWW:      www.rosenbauer.com
sector:      Machine Manufacturing
ISIN:        AT0000922554
indexes:     WBI, ATX Prime
stockmarkets: free trade: Berlin, Stuttgart, official market: Wien 
language:   English
 



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