Concentric opens European hydraulics centre in Hof, Bavaria 15-7-2013

    Concentric Rockford Inc.
    By Concentric Rockford Inc.

    Concentric AB has opened a new plant in Hof, Bavaria,  consolidating all its European hydraulics manufacturing operations into a  single site.

      The inauguration of the new  9,000 m² Hof facility is the culmination of a SEK36 million (approximately €4.2  million) restructuring programme to create one centre of excellence for  Concentric's hydraulics technology and manufacturing in Europe.  It involves the closure of the existing older  plants in Hof and Skånes Fagerhult, Sweden and the gradual transfer of all  production lines into the new facility during 2013.

      The Swedish plant has now  completed the transfer of the business and ceased all production, in line with  the previously announced restructuring programme, and deliveries of Concentric  power packs from the new Hof plant are already under way.   Other production lines including the  company's range of hydraulic pumps, motors and flow dividers will be  transferred in a staged programme through the remainder of 2013 and it is  anticipated that the old Hof plant will finally close at the end of the year  after a working life of some 125 years.

      Like Concentric's American  centre of excellence in Rockford, Illinois, the new Hof plant is designed to  create a “best in class” hydraulics facility in the region.  This announcement completes the reorganisation of the company's  hydraulics business (formerly known as Haldex Hydraulics Division) which became  part of Concentric AB when it was formed in June 2011, following the break-up  of the Haldex Group.

      The project is being run  according to the Concentric Business Excellence model and so lean manufacturing  principles have been applied across the multiple manufacturing channels.  The new plant in Hof represents approximately  30% more space than that of the two old plants combined, providing ample  capacity for future growth.  The  consolidation within a single plant will deliver significant economies of scale  as well as offering customers a single point of contact for customer service,  applications support, design engineering, quality and logistics.

      Wim Goossens, Concentric's Senior  Vice President of Europe and Rest of World (RoW), commented: “Consolidating our  European hydraulics business not only delivers synergies and enhanced  co-ordination but also maximizes the great tradition of engineering excellence  we enjoy in Hof.  Concentric AB believes  strongly in the growth potential of the hydraulic business and the new facility  is evidence of our growing strength in the market.”

    Concentric's range of  Haldex branded hydraulic pumps, motors, power packs and flow dividers are  specified by leading OEMs for a wide range of applications including lift  trucks, aerial work platforms, agricultural equipment, transmissions, mining,  construction and road-building machinery.   Applications include cooling fans, axle cooling  systems, rotary drives for agricultural equipment electro-hydraulic lifts,  transmission clutch actuation and lubrication, auxiliary brake and steering  systems.

    Concentric Rockford Inc.

    Concentric Rockford Inc.

    Concentric is recognized as a gear product specialist offering a broad range of Haldex-branded hydraulic pumps, hydraulic motors, power packs and flow dividers for mobile equipment applications.
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    In hydraulics, Concentric is recognized as a offering a broad range of Haldex-branded hydraulic pumps, hydraulic motors, power packs and flow dividers for mobile equipment applications. Success has...

      Concentric Rockford Inc.

      Concentric Rockford Inc.

      Concentric is recognized as a gear product specialist offering a broad range of Haldex-branded hydraulic pumps, hydraulic motors, power packs and flow dividers for mobile equipment applications.
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