New Mechatronic Competence Campus Lenze Invests 50 Million Euros

Bei der Grundsteinlegung für den Mechatronic Competence Campus (v.l.n.r.): der nordrhein-westfälische Ministerpräsident Armin Laschet, die Bürgermeisterin von Extertal, Monika Rehmert, die Gesellschafterin Babette Herbert mit ihren Enkelkindern, der Gesellschafter und Aufsichtsrat Nikolaus Belling sowie der Vorstandsvorsitzende Christian Wendler.
At the laying of the foundation stone for the Mechatronic Competence Campus (from left to right): North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet, Mayor of Extertal Monika Rehmert, shareholder Babette Herbert with her grandchildren, shareholder and supervisory board member Nikolaus Belling and CEO Christian Wendler.

The automation technology manufacturer Lenze is investing around 50 million euros in a "Mechatronic Competence Campus" at its location in Extertal in East Westphalia. The foundation stone was laid on 28 September; the campus is scheduled to go into operation at the beginning of 2020.

The new development and production site is the largest single investment in the company's 70-year history. The new building comprises 7500 sqm; a total of 30,000 sqm are available on the campus for development, production, service, and storage. In the final phase, around 800 employees will be employed there, who have so far been spread over three separate locations in Extertal.

According to Lenze, the campus stands for a working world that transcends departmental boundaries and fast, flexible production in which Industry 4.0 is not part of a showroom, but rather is used. Driverless transport systems are to be used in production. A modern high-bay warehouse with space for more than 16,000 pallets and over 15,000 containers will be directly connected. Around 300 Lenze drives will be installed in the logistics system.

According to Lenze, the Make 2 order process, in which customer-specific products are created from prefabricated elements, is to accelerate on campus fabrication by between 50 and 85 percent - in the extreme case, the processing time is to be reduced from 32 days to only five days, because unnecessary material movements and idle times are to be eliminated. 300 pallet kilometers per year are to be saved in the future, 10 percent less energy and 48 percent less space are to be required. The campus is also planned as a laboratory in which new ideas can be tested and improved: What will prove its worth in Extertal from 2020 onwards will then be transferred to the other locations worldwide.