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A new building signifies expansion at KHS GmbH's packaging machine plant in Kleve, Germany, where the company recently held a topping-out ceremony and had its new assembly shop blessed. The manufacturer of filling and packaging systems is very excited about the additional 2,500m2 in capacity it will gain, as recently space has been tight.

In Kleve, KHS manufactures packaging systems for food and beverage producers from all over the world. With the expansion the systems provider is bundling capacities on its own factory premises. To date the plant had 13 staging areas for final assembly and system testing. The new assembly shop will permanently provide additional final assembly and testing bays for Kleve’s products which are very successful on the market, giving the factory a total of 20 final assembly workstations. KHS is thus expanding on its own company site; it was not necessary to buy up extra land.

Production at the new shop in Kleve is to start in August. KHS held a topping-out ceremony during its traditional family afternoon, with all company employees, retired KHS personnel and the craftsmen involved in the project invited. Deacon Michael Rübo, managing director of the Karl und Maria Kisters Stiftung, performed the official blessing ceremony following speeches given by Sonja Northing, mayor of Kleve, and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Niemeyer.

In the past few years business in Kleve has grown on average by more than 10% per annum. A similar trend is emerging for 2016.

Photo f.l.t.r.: Deacon Michael Rübo, managing director of the Karl und Maria Kisters Stiftung, Prof. Dr.-Ing Matthias Niemeyer, chairman of the KHS Group Executive Management Board, Sonja Northing, mayor of Kleve, Dr. Joachim Rasch, business promoter in Kleve, Wolfgang Spreen, Kleve's district administrator, and Norbert Pastoors, head of the Packaging Product Division at KHS.

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