Sustainability report 2017/18

Handling structural investments sustainably

Continuous investments are essential prerequisites for the competitive and future viability of a company. For this reason, we consider structural investments to be extremely important and we pay particular attention to this aspect. Here, we present four projects as examples.

1. Innopas SX tunnel pasteurizer lean manufacturing

Where:
Dortmund, Germany

When:
concluded in 2018, approved in July 2016

How much:
€918,000 total investment

What:
We invested in the Innopas SX tunnel pasteurizer to increase productivity in Dortmund. The goal in particular was through flow production to achieve shorter throughput times for customers. For this, we relied on fixed cycles, optimized material placement at the workplace, cycle-assisted pre-assembly and parallel assembly of components. This has made it possible to improve adherence to time schedules and achieve better working conditions, for example, by optimizing ergonomics at the assembly workstations for employees. This additionally avoided wasting materials and squandering staff resources by shortening non-value adding activities such as waiting, searching, and unpacking. Thanks to the exact production planning, ad-hoc measures leading to additional transport of materials and duplication of work are not necessary.
The investment in Lean Manufacturing Innopas SX is part of KHS' manufacturing strategy of "resource-efficient production of standardized products". It has already been implemented for many other products at various sites.

2. Mold production, India

Where:
Ahmedabad, India

When:
concluded in 2018, approved in April 2016

How much:
€1,574,000 total investment

What:
By establishing new blow molding production facilities including laboratory capacities, we have strengthened our PET competence in growth markets in India and Bangladesh. The aim was to increase customer proximity and local customer support to ensure on-time delivery and to achieve shorter throughput times. In addition, the logistics costs incurred in intercontinental transports can be reduced as well as the related CO2 burden. Instead, we have strengthened our international know-how and our local manufacturing expertise. This investment has enabled the India site to continue its qualitative and quantitative growth

3. KHS Kisters Academy Kleve

Where:
Kleve, Germany

When:
concluded in 2018, approved in January 2017

How much:
€2,531,000 total investment

What:
We have set up a customer and employee training center in Kleve in cooperation with the Kisters Academy. The site is located near the production area for our high performance packing systems and provides additional workshops and training opportunities for customers. The optimization of the education and training facilities in Kleve offers employees numerous opportunities - including utilization of the training options offered by the Kisters Foundation. It is our conviction that it is important to contribute to sustainability in terms of knowledge transfer and Personnel development by imparting high-quality knowledge.

4. Surface treatment subproject: pickling shop relocation

Where:
Bad Kreuznach, Germany

When:
concluded in 2019, approved in March 2015

How much:
€3,273,000 total investment, €1,922,000 of which for construction of new facilities

What:
The structural and site investment project "Lean manufacturing, relocation and expansion of the pickling shop" is presented in detail here.