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28.10.2019

Official opening of the CHIRON Precision Factory

The CHIRON Precision Factory: Ideally equipped for production of the new machine series on an area of 14,000 m².

Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Member of the Baden-Württemberg State Parliament and Baden-Württemberg Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing Construction, in her speech during the official opening of the CHIRON Precision Factory.

The new factory was officially opened by pressing the buzzer firmly. From left to right: Dr. Markus Flik (Chairman of the Board of Management of CHIRON), Toni Driesch and Stephan Hoberg (representatives of Holding Hoberg & Driesch), Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut (Baden-Württemberg Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing Construction), Michael Beck (Mayor of Tuttlingen)

Following the official opening ceremony, the guests had an opportunity to discover the highlights of the CHIRON Precision Factory.

CHIRON celebrated the official opening of its new Precision Factory on October 24, 2019 with a large number of guests from industry and politics. The building was constructed specially for the assembly of new machine series which combine productivity and precision in an unprecedented way. Optimized assembly and logistics processes also ensure shorter delivery times.

With a maximum annual capacity of 400 machines, the CHIRON Precision Factory in Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany, is currently the most modern machine factory in Europe. Costing more than €34.5 million, the new building on the take-off industrial estate is regarded as the biggest individual investment in almost 100 years of CHIRON's corporate history. "I am delighted that one of the most modern machine tool factories in Germany has been built by our company. In times when there is a great deal of talk about the impending economic downturn, this factory is an important signal for our town and the entire region," emphasized Michael Beck, Mayor of Tuttlingen.

CHIRON Precision Factory sets standards for the digital age "With the opening of the new Precision Factory, CHIRON conclusively proves that it is actively meeting the challenges of the 21st century. That's because this factory combines the very best what our machine tool industry in Baden-Württemberg has to offer: Machines which combine maximum productivity with the highest possible precision and therefore set standards for the digital age," said Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Member of the Baden-Württemberg State Parliament and Baden-Württemberg Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing Construction, in her speech during the official opening ceremony. In equipping the new factory, IT experts and production planners pulled out all the stops in regard to digitalization in order to achieve high productivity. Digital assembly folders and contactless logistics bookings are important milestones on the road to a paperless factory. A pick-by-light system helps the order picker to access stored parts quickly and securely. For quality assurance purposes and as a reference point, the delivery state of the machines is documented by means of a digital fingerprint. Ultimately, the CHIRON Precision Factory also makes an important contribution towards climate protection. The waste heat produced by the machines during test runs is used in an environmentally-friendly way to heat the factory.

New CHIRON campus at the Neuhausen plant The new building was constructed on a former base of the German Armed Forces in just 15 months. The new central logistics department at the Neuhausen plant combines the CHIRON Precision Factory with the existing assembly halls to form a CHIRON campus. A large and future-oriented project was therefore successfully completed in Baden-Württemberg in a very short space of time - without any time delays or budget overruns whatsoever. The specialist for CNC-controlled, vertical milling and turning therefore impressively showed its guests that CHIRON has accepted and also understood the future challenges.

Path to the future "Here at CHIRON, we are counteracting the currently difficult market environment through state-of-the-art machines and higher productivity," summarized Dr. Markus Flik, Chairman of the Board of Management of CHIRON. "We built the CHIRON Precision Factory specially for our new machining centers. The 16 and 25 series are already available on the market and others will follow." The highly modern factory will satisfy the special requirements relating to precise assembly of these highly accurate machine tools. Using the machining centers in the 16 series, CHIRON's customers produce, for example, battery cases for electric vehicles, aluminum and structural components for the automotive and aerospace industries, and implants for the medical technology industry. The new series are proving popular on the market and represent our path to the future," said Dr. Flik.

Statements by Dr. Markus Flik, Chairman of the Board of Management of CHIRON:

"Over the last few years we have purposefully invested in further training of our skilled workforce and are now well-equipped to produce our new series in Neuhausen."

"The combination of productivity and maximum precision is what makes our new machine series so unique – and unique machines need a unique factory."

CHIRON Precision Factory

Construction time
July 2018 to September 2019 (ready for occupancy)

Key building data

  • Capacity: Maximum of 400 machines per annum
  • Production area: 9,000 m²
  • Logistics area: 2,500 m²
  • Office area: 2,200 m²
  • Total area of the new building: 13,700 m²
  • Total existing space: 17,000 m²

Layout

  • Optimal material flow configuration with logistics spine for all flows of people and materials
  • Centralized final assemblies, technical offices and logistics areas
  • Central order picking of machines and systems

Building services engineering

  • Concrete core activation for even and exact temperature control
  • Use of waste heat from machines
  • Ventilation systems with heat recovery
  • LED lighting
  • Total energy consumption 70 kWh per m² and per annum

Digitalization

  • Smart factory cockpit: Control of air-conditioning, lighting and camera systems
  • Digital assistance systems in assembly
  • Contactless logistics bookings
  • Digital quality testing and assurance ("digital fingerprint")

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About the CHIRON Group

The CHIRON Group, headquartered in Tuttlingen, is a global company specializing in CNC vertical milling and turning machining centers, as well as turnkey manufacturing solutions. The Group has a global presence, with production and development sites, sales and service subsidiaries, and sales agencies worldwide. With a workforce of 2100 employees, the Group generated €498 million in revenue in 2018. Around two thirds of machines and solutions that are sold are exported. Key customer sectors are the automotive, mechanical engineering, medicine and precision engineering, and aerospace industries.

The CHIRON Group is proprietor of the three brands CHIRON, STAMA and SCHERER, associated with new machines, as well as the retrofit brand CMS. The key feature of all the brands is precise, productive and flexible machining. CHIRON has a reputation for optimum dynamics. STAMA focuses on stability. SCHERER is based on multi-functional vertical turning machining. CMS provides completely overhauled machines from the Group, including related services.

Contact Person Editorial Team:

CHIRON Werke GmbH & Co. KG
Christina Meßmer

Kreuzstraße 75, 78532 Tuttlingen
Telefon: +49 7461 940-3712
E-Mail: christina.messmer@chiron.de