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€10m investment will halve gear-motor lead times

11 August, 2014

Bauer Gear Motors is building a new manufacturing headquarters in Esslingen, Germany, which, it says, will halve lead times for configured gear-motors. Most of the €10m investment is being spent on a new building for producing gear-motors and on a new office building with conference rooms.

The expansion will increase the floor space available for assembling gear-motors to around 6,000m2. Energy efficiency measures being implemented in the assembly building are expected to cut the site’s electricity and process heat requirements by more than 30%.

“This investment will make Bauer Gear Motor one of the most flexible gear-motor suppliers on the market,” says the company’s managing director, Karl-Peter Simon. “Introducing our new production concept will enable us to reduce our current standard production time for configurable gear-motors from 10 days to five days by the end of 2014.

The company supplies premium-efficiency gear-motors incorporating permanent magnet motors, which it claims can achieve energy savings of more than 30% when controlled by an inverter.

Bauer Gear Motor began life in 1927, when Wilhelm Bauer eliminated the transmission shaft from machine tools and production machinery by fitting a gear-wheel mechanism to a high-speed electric motor.

Bauer Gear Motor managing director Karl-Peter Simon at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new expansion

In 2011, Bauer Gear Motor was acquired by Altra Industrial Motion. This has helped Bauer to boost its market share by using Altra’s global sales network. It has also provided the backing to invest in its manufacturing facilities in Germany and Slovakia, and to build a new assembly plant in China.

The new production facility in Esslingen is due to start operating by December 2014, with the new office building due to be occupied in March 2015.

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