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Operations Begin at HELUKABEL's Expanded Factory
ELGIN, IL - Construction of the extension to HELUKABEL’s production plant in Windsbach, Germany has successfully been completed. The new building provides more than 96,875 square feet of additional office, laboratory and production space.

One of the project’s objectives was to consolidate global R&D activities into one location. The newly created engineering center houses additional test and inspection equipment, particularly for moving applications as well as for extreme temperature climates. "New technologies for increasingly specific applications are challenging us to develop innovative cable solutions. For example, the new engineering center is equipped with six drag chain test facilities that will allow us to check if our products are ready for series production and further their development in a realistic environment," says Thomas Mann, Windsbach Plant Technical Lead.

Parallel to this, a significant investment has been made in new production facilities. Their commissioning as well as the restructuring of existing machines are part of a three-year plan. The objective is not only to increase production capacity, but to optimize material handling. "At the same time, we took the opportunity to improve communication between the various production areas. Shorter paths combined with newly set up meeting zones will serve to enhance coordination between these areas and enable even leaner methods of working," says Thomas Pikkemaat, Windsbach Plant Business Manager and Drive Technology Product Manager.

The Windsbach plant has been producing cables and wires since 1988. Since then, HELUKABEL has acquired an international reputation as an excellent manufacturer of high quality cables and wires. Approximately 160 employees work in the 430,560 square-foot plant, making application-specific and custom cables and wires that typically withstand extreme chemical, electric and mechanical stresses, such as narrow bending radii, and offer exceptional service lives. The primary focus is on products for moving applications with high vertical integration.

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