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Röchling Hydroma Investing in the Ruppertsweiler Site
Röchling is planning to make substantial investments in the further gradual expansion of Röchling Hydroma at the Ruppertsweiler site in Germany between now and 2021. The construction work for a 900-square-meter production hall at the site in the South-West Palatinate district started in fall 2018 – this space will provide a new production area for the Business Unit Machined Components. With the new building, the Industrial division of the Röchling Group is primarily investing in the development of punched components and machined drawing parts made of thermoplastics. This development is strengthening and expanding the company’s product portfolio in the food industry.

Schwartz GmbH Technische Kunststoffe Now Called Röchling Industrial Xanten GmbH
After the acquisition of the plastics processor Schwartz GmbH Technische Kunststoffe by the Röchling Group at the end of 2018, the company now has a new name: Röchling Industrial Xanten GmbH. This change of name signifies that Röchling is continuing with its integration of the new subsidiary into the international corporate group. The plastics processor from Xanten, Germany, specializes in the production of molded parts made from cast polyamide and chiefly provides large-volume and heavy-duty finished parts made from technical plastics for almost all industries. More than 240 employees are currently working at its four locations in Germany, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Röchling Industrial is focusing on strengthening its expertise for the conveying and lifting, oil and gas, intralogistics, and elevator construction sectors through new technologies. Within the Industrial division, Röchling Industrial Xanten will become the competence center for molded casting. This year, Röchling will here be investing a larger six-digit sum into modern machinery and systems.

Röchling Erects New Building in Boicairent
Röchling Plásticos Técnicos in Bocairent, Spain, has expanded its site with around 1,500 square meters of hall space. The new building creates space for expansion and further growth. Customers will benefit primarily from shorter delivery times and an even better service. With this expansion, Röchling is acknowledging the strong growth of the subsidiary in recent years. Röchling Plásticos Técnicos is a specialist in machining finished parts made of thermoplastics according to customer drawings. Röchling also distributes semi-finished parts made of thermoplastics and finished parts and semi-finished parts made of fiber-reinforced plastics.

Automotive

Röchling Receives Award from Toyota
Röchling Automotive received a supplier award at the annual business meeting of Toyota Motor Europe. The outstanding performance of the plant in Kopřivnice, Czech Republic, in the area of quality was recognized. For the past seven years, the plant has primarily been supplying the vehicle manufacturer with performance-enhancing and emission-reducing engine systems and components.

TechDays in Japan and China
Over the course of three TechDays in Japan and China, Röchling Automotive informed representatives from Nissan, Honda and GAC Honda about relevant products and innovations. The two events in Japan, held at the Nissan Technical Center in Okatsukoku and the Honda Automobile R&D Center in Tochigi, each attracted around 170 representatives of automotive manufacturers. The TechDay at the GAC Honda Technical Center in Guangzhou, China, was attended by around 100 interested employees of the Chinese automotive group.

Starship Initiative Relies on Active Grille Shutters
Röchling Automotive is using its expertise in the field of aerodynamics to maximize fuel economy in commercial vehicles. As part of the American Starship Initiative (a joint project of Shell Lubricants and AirFlow Truck Co.), Röchling is delivering its Active Grille Shutters for the next-generation concept vehicle, named Starship. The aim of the initiative is to combine the best available technologies to develop a hyper-efficient truck, ­thereby reducing the energy needs of freight transport. During a six-day test drive, which took the Starship over a distance of almost 4,000 kilometers in the USA from San Diego, ­California, to Jacksonville, Florida, the vehicle achieved a measurable increase in efficiency.

Röchling Apprentices Among the Best Energy Scouts
Seven apprentices from Röchling Automotive have been recognized for their dedication to energy and resource efficiency as part of the “Energy Scouts” program in Berlin. The German Chamber of Commerce and Industry program is an opportunity for apprentices to gain a qualification. As Energy Scouts, the apprentices must help to identify and document energy-saving potential and suggest improvements within their companies. The team from Röchling Automotive determined that it is worth switching off the contact heating of a lightweight reinforced thermoplastics vertical press from a downtime of as short as five minutes. Such a downtime occurs, for example, during repairs and tool changes. In the future, the heater will therefore be equipped with a standby function with a display of the required heating time. The cost of this investment is 2,000 euros. Expected savings through optimized power consumption are up to 49,000 euros and 150 metric tons of CO2 per year.

Medical

Sustainability Prize
The lead singer of the German band Söhne Mannheims, Rolf Stahlhofen, was awarded a sustainability prize from the German Council of Shopping Centers (GCSC) in Frankfurt in January 2019. Stahlhofen is a UN Habitat “Messenger of Truth,” an advocate of the United Nations Human Settlements Program. In this role, he voluntarily campaigns for the right to water around the world. Stahlhofen founded the “WIR – Water Is Right” foundation in 2011. Röchling Medical has developed a particularly light and high-quality water bottle for the sustainability project with the intention of reducing single-use plastic by using reusable plastic. It can be sold, for example, in shopping malls or movie theaters that also provide a water cooler, which in turn promotes sustainable and healthy drinking water. GCSC is the Germany-wide association representing the interests of retail property owners. The 750 member companies also include Alnatura, Peek & Cloppenburg, and Tchibo.

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