Marel Poultry prepares the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Dongen
Marel has to finish the move of machinery and people from the existing facility to the new location in Dongen, the Netherlands, which was completed at the beginning of this month. The move is set to take place in the next six weeks, as Guido Corbey, Senior Manager Production in Dongen, announced today.
“The project asks lots of creativity, planning, and flexibility of our people, but we’re confident that we’ll manage to complete the relocation on the planned date of July 1,” says Guido Corbey, Senior Manager Production in Dongen. The new plant has a surface almost equal to the one existing in the older facility but is far better organized.
Manufacturing in Dongen is purely about Marel’s poultry machinery. Two mass-produced core products, the evisceration extraction arms, and the killing shackles are the main drivers of the factory. Guido Corbey explains, “Prior to the relocation, we produced as much of them as possible and we increased stock amounts. However, we also manufacture hundreds of other products, mainly spare parts. It’s particularly this kind of unpredictable production we needed to continue during the relocation. We’re talking about all stainless steel products, which we produce mainly in small batches. We even do single pieces that need combined welding, milling as well as blasting. Outsourcing of this kind of manufacturing is virtually impossible.”
The first three relocated machines were the laser cutter, the lathe, and the brake. They were immediately put to work, which caused the strange situation that a certain part was laser cut in the new facility and welded in the former factory.
The new Dongen building has a multitude of high-tech infrastructural resources that marks the uniqueness of the building: the welding gas facility, the welding vapor extraction system, the climate control, the IT network, the thorough isolation measures and even the sound system, the entire infrastructure meets the highest standards.
The new Dongen factory also respects all Dutch regulations regarding a sustainable building. One of the examples is the sustainable heat pump which heats the offices. The official opening event of the Dongen facility is planned to take place after summer, said the company in a press release.