Sanner is modernizing its main plant in Bensheim

Sanner is modernizing its main plant in Bensheim
Sanner GmbH is modernizing its plant site in Bensheim. With a focus on optimizing logistics, infrastructure and energy efficiency, new construction includes a central transport corridor to improve the flow of goods as well as a technical services center with a power/heat cogeneration system. The modernized facility will provide clearly defined production zones along with structural improvements in the GMP production environment. Scheduled for completion in June 2013, the new construction will cost €4 million.

The modernization of the building complex located at Sanner headquarters in Bensheim Auerbach follows a comprehensive design developed exclusively for this plant. Focusing on environmental sustainability, one of the main objectives is to optimize material flow and ensure energy-efficient production across the entire value chain. "We have continuously expanded and modernized our site since the 1960s,” says Sanner CEO Holger Frank. “In the past, the renovations took place in stages. This more comprehensive construction project will close the gaps in our overall logistics and infrastructure."

In the future, a transport corridor will provide a central infrastructure axis across the 30,000m² site. The complete supply chain, from goods receiving to product delivery, will be integrated along this north-south axis. The separate production facilities will be connected to the infrastructure axis in a modular system organized according to the different production stages and product types. This will shorten supply lines and make production processes leaner.

Less energy consumption, higher productivity
A new building services center with a power/heat cogeneration system will help counteract rising energy prices. The excess heat from two gas-powered generators is converted into cooling air and process refrigeration as required. This method generates 50% of the required energy with gas. "These measures will help us reduce the risk of price increases for electrical power," Frank explains.

Construction plans include a central receiving point and optimized utilization of production space. The company's Bensheim site includes administrative and storage buildings along with the main production operations. All of the construction work is scheduled for completion by June 2013. "The comprehensive renovation of our main plant will prepare us for the future and ensure that we can maintain our position as an innovative market and technology leader," said Frank. At the same time, the extensive construction work is a clear commitment to the business location. "Our roots are in Bensheim – and this isn't going to change. The town offers ideal conditions for the continued development of our company."

Read more: Investments 387