Jungheinrich inaugurates its newest plant for the production of material handling equipment in Panattoni Park Chomutov today. In future, the company will turn the 37,000-square-metre site into the centre of its reach truck production. More than 350 new jobs will be created as part of the project. The building is part of the portfolio of Panattoni, a developer known for sustainable buildings. The investment in the building itself exceeds CZK 1.5 billion, making it one of the largest in the region.
Back in June, Jungheinrich started the production of the first truck type, the reach truck ETV 216i, in Chomutov.The entire reach truck production will be gradually relocated to the plant in Chomutov. The plant is the newest of twelve Jungheinrich production sites around the world and is a central component in increasing efficiency and profitability as part of Strategy 2025+.
“Our new plant in Chomutov is one of the most state-of-the-art production facilities for forklift trucks in the world and will elevate our production to the next level. We are expanding the capacity within our production network in Europe and ensuring that the steadily growing demand for our material handling equipment can also be met in the future,” says Sabine Neuß, Chief Technology Officer at Jungheinrich AG
The building within the Panattoni Park Chomutov North industrial complex stands out for its environmental friendliness, which is confirmed by its aspiration for an "Excellent" rating in the BREEAM New Construction certification. The project also has superior insulation, external blinds and a heat pump which will also save on the cost of energy bills. The use of rainwater for flushing in the industrial zone also confirms the sustainability.
"As an area firmly linked to coal mining, the Chomutov region is facing a necessary economic restructuring in the coming years towards a more modern, environmentally friendly type of industry, thus meeting the objectives stemming from the Green Deal for Europe. That is why we are pleased that Panattoni is here to participate in a project that will help the region begin this transformation. The fact that this is the production of a final product also adds value to the whole project. Personally, I am pleased that the region is open to new opportunities and investments and that the project has been developed in close cooperation with local authorities," says Klára Sobotková, Regional Development Director, Panattoni.
The entire plant incorporates state-of-the-art technology: For example, in addition to a fully automated centre for the detailed processing of metal, it features an innovative paintwork line, which simultaneously uses both less energy and material for the high-quality powder coating. Manufacturing and assembly with a digital assistance system for factory employees aim to ensure efficiency and quality. Among other things, this is achieved through the use of artificial intelligence.
However, the project near Chomutov also stands out for its extensive investment in promoting biodiversity around the industrial zone. A 1.5 hectare planting area consisting of tree and shrub species with an emphasis on native species will serve as a replacement for the removed draw. 438 trees and over 12 000 shrubs have been planted. The area will remain unfenced and will naturally follow the revitalisation of the adjacent riparian vegetation. Ponds have been dug in suitable locations to increase local species diversity. Additional measures also include meadow vegetation or boxes, which are erected from 1.5 metres up to 8 metres high and are already used by various species of birds and bats.
Jungheinrich, based in Hamburg, is one of the world's leading providers of intralogistics solutions with a history of 70 years. Jungheinrich has been operating in the Czech Republic since 1992, when the company opened its first sales unit here.