After the most successful year in the company’s history, founder Lorenz Bohle is again stepping on the gas in 2013: In Ennigerloh, the new “Technology Center” building will start operations in the spring, next to the Service Center.
“Our customers are relying more and more on continuous production processes,” Mr Bohle said. “At the new Development, Test, and Presentation Center, we will be pushing this development forward together with the universities of Dusseldorf and Graz as well as with measurement, control, and process technology experts from Siemens.”
Two million Euros will be invested in the building with the large glass front alone. “We will be devoting between 6 and 8 million Euro to the cooperation over the next two to three years,” the senior director announced. In mid-April, the project was also discussed with potential development pharmaceutical industry partners at the US Interphex event.
The permanent and inter-process measuring, monitoring, and controlling of the production are crucial factors for customers. “Here we will visualize the entire production lines in one plant using material from wet and dry granulation, and we will develop and perform optimized processes on it”, Mr Bohle stated, outlining the goals. The new building, which is also a real eye-catcher, should be completed in the spring of 2014. L. B. Bohle Maschinen + Verfahren GmbH, as investor, will also take charge in the Global Technology Center.
“We will bring the specialists to Ennigerloh and provide engineering expertise,” Mr Bohle added. The capacities required for the researchers from the universities and the experts from Siemens are being created, and additional experts are employed to reinforce the development team.
The new building is not the only on-going construction project in Ennigerloh. In October 2012, L.B. Bohle Maschinen + Verfahren GmbH laid the foundation stone for the site extension at its headquarters. Back in September 2011, the company acquired a 20,000-m² plot from the city of Ennigerloh in the Haltenberg-Ost industrial area. The 3,700-m² production building with workshops and office wing (550 m² each) will be ready to occupy as early as September 2013.
Five million Euros are being invested in the new building. Moreover, an additional €1m is being devoted to the existing Plant 1 on Industriestraße. These investments will create sixty new jobs. Safeguarding the Ennigerloh industrial site over the long term is particularly important for Mr Bohle.