Kanthal, headquartered in Hallstahammar, Sweden, has expanded its production site in Walldorf, Germany, in an effort to capture the growth within electric industrial heating and drive operational improvements through increased automation. From the Walldorf site, Kanthal manufactures products such as Fibrothal heating modules, flow heaters, metallic heating elements, and diffusion cassettes.
“The investment ensures that we can capture the growth in electrification of industrial heating, which will require a ramp-up of our operations globally. We expect a rapidly growing demand for our traditional heating solutions, but also for our newly developed high-temperature process gas heaters that are currently being tested in a number of pilot projects,” says Aaron Roy, President of Business Unit Heating Systems at Kanthal.
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“This will benefit customers with better availability and faster delivery of products that will be key in achieving their sustainability goals. In addition, the expansion shows the local community that we are investing in Walldorf and offering new and attractive jobs,” Roy continued.
The investment includes expanding the current premises with approximately 2500 m² manufacturing area through a lease agreement of a nearby facility, along with new equipment and automation improvements. The number of employees is also expected to increase by approximately ten people.
The initiative, begun in May, is expected to be fully implemented in Q1 2024.