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Ground-breaking ceremony for logistics hall and office building in Bendern

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Looser Holding AG is investing some EUR 10.75 million in the modernisation of buildings and capacity expansion at the Schekolin AG site in Bendern, Liechtenstein.

With the expansion of the infrastructure in Bendern, the company is intending to boost the efficiency of the wood and packaging coatings. Source: Looser Holding AG
With the expansion of the infrastructure in Bendern, the company is intending to boost the efficiency of the wood and packaging coatings. Source: L...

A logistics hall and an office building are being constructed on an area of 4,614 square metres. Today, the ground-breaking ceremony was held in the presence of Tim Talaat, CEO of the Looser Group, Marcel Dissel and Hans Peter Maier, Managing Directors of Feyco AG/Treffert GmbH and Schekolin AG, and Dagmar Gadow, Deputy Head of the Bendern Local Council. The new buildings are scheduled to come into operation in September 2015.

Feyco, Treffert and Schekolin realligned

With the start of the extensive building work in Bendern (Principality of Liechtenstein), Looser Holding AG with its head office in Arbon (Switzerland) is launching the next step in the further development of its coatings segment. In August 2014, the industrial holding company announced that it was realigning the manufacturing operations for wood coatings at Feyco AG/Treffert GmbH and for packaging coatings at Schekolin AG. In the period up until December 2015, the production operations of Feyco AG in St. Margrethen and Urdorf are being transferred to Schekolin AG in Bendern.

Process optimisation

"It was process optimisation and the exploitation of synergies between these two companies in the Rhine Valley that prompted this major investment", explained Tim Talaat, CEO of the Looser Group. "With the expansion of the infrastructure in Bendern, we are intending to boost the efficiency and productivity of the wood coating and packaging coating product areas and optimise operating and logistics costs. In the wood coatings field, the main focus is on long-term success, securing competitiveness and expanding the market share in Switzerland. For packaging coatings, it is growth at an international level that constitutes the focus", Tim Talaat went on to explain.

 Modernisation and a new building with vision

The first phase of the construction project was completed in August already with the renovation of the floor in the existing Schekolin production shops. Today's ground-breaking ceremony marks the start of the second construction phase, which involves building a new logistics hall with a useable area of 2,114 square metres. The hall will accommodate the finished goods store, outgoing goods, the laundry, the plant workshop and the plant fire brigade. In addition, a three-storey office block extension is being built to provide some 290 square metres of office and laboratory space. The new buildings are steel structures with a sandwich panel façade.

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