ith a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony, Jens Kaatze (CEO), Frank Kriebisch (Senior Advisor Technology), Olaf Fröde (Director Operations WIPAG) and Norbert Scheinert (Head of Production WIPAG Gardelegen) herald the start of construction for a new production hall in Gardelegen. A new facility for the production of high-quality carbon fiber compounds is being built on the 39,000-square-meter site. In total, the Otto Krahn Group, to which WIPAG is part of, is investing 10 million euros at the Gardelegen site in Saxony-Anhalt (Germany).
"We place great importance on realizing the construction as sustainably as possible. For example, a photovoltaic system is planned on the roof. We will also use our process waste heat for heating," explains Frank Kriebisch.
"The construction of the new production plant should be completed by spring 2024," says Jens Kaatze. "At the beginning, we will start with an extruder line and the equipment for preparing the carbon fibers for compounding. The building is sized to accommodate further extruder lines," Kaatze continues. From 2024, more than 3,000 metric tons of high-quality carbon fiber compounds can be produced in Gardelegen. Due to their reuse, the carbon fibers significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the very lightweight and highly resilient plastics that are produced with them.
WIPAG is hiring: The new plant will initially create around ten new jobs in the areas of machine and plant operation, industrial mechanics and warehouse logistics.
WIPAG Deutschland GmbH is a specialist in material processing of technical plastic waste, the development of recycling technologies and the production of plastic compounds, including those based on recycled carbon fibers.
With innovative recycling technologies, the company prepares plastic waste streams that are reused as valuable materials in the products of the processing industries. The lightweight compound WIC, which is made from secondary carbon fiber, is also part of the WIPAG sustainable portfolio.
Established in 1991, the company has more than 100 employees at two locations in Germany and has since 2018 been part of the family-owned and globally active Otto Krahn Group.
The company received a Gold rating from the independent rating agency EcoVadis in 2022.
Source: WIPAG Deutschland GmbH