“The investment in the million-euro plant will help us to significantly increase our market share for metal powders in the promising segment of 3D printing,” says Höganäs’ site manager Peter Thienel. “In addition, we want to further increase the attractiveness of Höganäs as an employer in Germany and are confident that we can continue to offering our co-workers long-term professional development.”
The approval procedure was complex, as the ordinance bundles numerous, once separate, approvals and expert opinions. One of the prerequisites was that plant operation would not cause harm to the environment and that sufficient precautionary measures had been taken.
“We have proven this,” says Sylwia Paulus, responsible for Höganäs’ Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) in Laufenburg. “The reports contained extensive investigations and validations with regard to noise, emissions, fire protection and occupational safety. Ultimately, we fulfilled all the legal requirements within the framework, and beyond.”
Shortly after receiving the permit, construction work started in the plant building to dismantle stairs, landings, facades and roof. Completion is scheduled for the third quarter of 2020.
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