The Tyrol-based family company EMPL builds customized truck bodies that are in use all around the world. It has now invested around 20 million euros in the construction of a pioneering assembly plant and customer center in Germany. This expansion of the subsidiary in Zahna-Elster will also benefit the main plant in Austria due to the close collaboration and links between the two companies. This will help to protect jobs at the Zillertal site in Tyrol for the coming years.
On course for growth
The plant expansion will ensure that EMPL can keep pace with the high global demand for customized truck bodies. Because the business was doing well and wanted to ensure sustainable growth, it decided that expanding production was the next necessary step. This plan has seen internal structures and organizational processes being adapted to suit new challenges. “This investment is an important step towards strengthening our position in technologically advanced markets in firefighting, construction and even national defense, which are maintaining stable growth in these difficult economic times,” says Managing Director Joe Empl. “This allows us to prepare in advance for future responsibilities and to safeguard our sites.”
Throughout its 70-year history, Austrian company EMPL has developed from a small forging company to a player active on the global stage. EMPL opened its own plant in Germany in 1992 and has invested heavily in both sites ever since.
Modern production plant and customer center
Over the years, EMPL has secured plots of land around its premises in Austria and Germany to prepare for future expansions. The groundbreaking ceremony for the 20 million euro complex took place on October 8, 2020, in the presence of numerous guests of honor including Saxony-Anhalt’s Interior State Minister Holger Stahlknecht. The plant is expected to be completed and commissioned in the third quarter of 2021. Tyrol-based businesses have been contracted for the architectural work, planning and building site supervision.
In total, a capacity of 55,000 m³ is being built on 8,500 m² of land. In addition to a modern assembly and production hall complete with an administration department, an exclusive customer center with seminar and meeting rooms is also being built, as are various test facilities and vehicle test tracks.
The plants in Austria and Germany produce over 2,000 bodies and towed vehicles each year. EMPL and its some 550 employees generated 136 million euros in 2019. “Our aspiration for the future is to develop the best technical solutions and market-oriented innovations that are tailored to our customers’ specific requirements,” says Managing Director Joe Empl.
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