Leading representatives of companies from Australia’s Newcastle region and from the University of Newcastle recently visited Terex Material Handling at its production location in Wetter, Germany. Newcastle is a coal mining and manufacturing region 160km north of Sydney.
The high-ranking Australian business delegation gathered detailed information about successful German business models, gaining insights into the predominant conditions influencing Germany as a business location and, at the same time, learning about best practice examples from production.
Terex Corporation is one of the world’s leading suppliers of crane technology with Demag industrial cranes and crane components.
Dr Lars Brzoska, Vice President & Managing Director of Terex Material Handling underlined the importance of ‘Safety first’ in his presentation of the company and the Demag product world. He explained that with the incorporation of the Material Handling business group into the Terex Corporation, the theme of product safety and occupational health and safety has gained further weight and is now even more firmly anchored in their corporate philosophy.
An additional focus of the agenda was the strategic development of the emerging markets in Asia. According to Dr Lars Brzoska, they operate a large distribution and dealer network for Demag products in China. Several new products have been developed for the mid-segment market to develop the potential of these markets further.
Customer focus also featured among the topics of discussion during the interaction between Dr Brzoska and his Australian guests.
The Australian delegation was also keen to gather further information about production in a business location such as Germany. This wide-ranging set of themes included working and economic conditions, questions about co-determination in the company and the concrete implementation of projects in ongoing production processes. Dr Lars Brzoska spoke about working out solutions in a dialogue between the company management and employee representatives.
On their visit to Wetter, Germany, the Australian visitors were also interested in acquiring first-hand information about consistent implementation of modern production techniques for Demag products. Dr Rainer Harkort, Head of Production, Germany emphasised the cooperation between the company and employees with which the restructuring of mechanical production was also implemented. In this area, the company also produces the components for Demag gearboxes, and rope and chain hoists.
According to Dr Rainer Harkort, all those involved pulled together in implementing this project successfully and gave it a broad foundation. Key results include considerable reduction in lead times of more than 60% and the higher qualification of all employees involved.
The delegation of visitors was subsequently able to learn about the restructured, prize-winning production location in Wetter. In addition to mechanical production, the efficient production of components for the new KBK Modular Crane System, which was originally launched onto the market 50 years ago also met with great interest.
The Australian guests, who came to Wetter thanks to the involvement of the Australian regional subsidiary of Terex Material Handling, were impressed by the organisation at the production location. Their spokesman, Adrian Price, Australian Industry Group explained that Demag products also enjoyed an excellent reputation and were highly regarded in Australia.
Demag products are available in Australia through Demag Cranes & Components .