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COMPRESSED AIR FEATURE


GARDNER DENVER ENHANCES MANUFACTURING CAPABILITIES V


acuum pump and compressor manufacturer Gardner Denver is


investing over £7 million in a new centre of excellence at its Simmern production site in Germany, home to the CompAir range of compressors. Due for completion at the end of 2016 the project will result in optimised processes and modern assembly techniques to deliver a enhanced range of oil-lubricated, oil-free and portable screw compressors to customers in the UK and globally. "Alongside the continuous


improvement of our Redditch production site for Hydrovane and high pressure compressors in the UK we see huge potential in creating a centre of excellence in Simmern to enhance our service to CompAir customers around the world,” explains regional director Colin Mander. “The majority of the investment is funding new machinery for compressor production which allows us to increase our capacity and flexibility. “In addition, the existing assembly concepts of stationary systems will be converted into a continuous flow production system which will increase productivity and reduce time and costs. The increasing digitalisation and smart communication options of our


compressors coupled with the energy- savings measures set by the European Eco-Design Directive creates new challenges for all our engineering teams. The investment in Simmern will keep us on the forefront by providing a platform for continuous improvement for the future.” The next milestone is to expand production capacity further. As part of this the 7.5 to 11 kW range of CompAir oil-lubricated screw compressors which were previously manufactured at the plant in Italy will now be produced in Simmern in addition to the existing product ranges. Today the production site is best known for the manufacture of the CompAir compressor brand. In 2008


Gardner Denver raised over £4,500 for Cancer Research UK after hosting a charity golf day. The winning team from left: Ryan Greenwood, Mark Lord, Mark Taylor and Mark Peacock


CompAir was taken over by worldwide manufacturer of compressed air and vacuum solutions Gardner Denver. Gardner Denver brings together many


well-known compressed air and vacuums brands in the industry including CompAir, Hydrovane, Belliss & Morcom, Reveall, Elmo Rietschle and Robuschi. This combination of businesses brings together technology, manufacturing and sales expertise which has grown over a period of more than 200 years.


Gardner Denver T: 01527 838200 www.gardnerdenver.com


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