STIHL's magnesium die casting plant opened a new production shop in Prüm-Weinsheim, Rhineland-Palatinate, on May 16, 2014. The extension represents a total investment of €4.9 million and provides 2,430 square meters of additional floor space for production and a warehouse for tools, jigs and molds. STIHL‘s advisory and supervisory board chairman, Dr. Nikolas Stihl, sees the new building as a further improvement in the efficiency of the plant: "Our magnesium die casting facility will continue to make a significant contribution to the success of the STIHL Group."
Expansion of capacities in production and warehouse space became necessary due the company's positive growth. The new two-storey building was completed within only eleven months of the groundbreaking ceremony in July 2013 and offers 2,430 square meters of floor space, split into production, warehouse and office areas. This means that processes in Prüm-Weinsheim can now be further optimized. The building has been designed in such a way that parts of it can be converted into a foundry in the medium term should the need arise. At the inauguration ceremony, managing director Gerhard Eder thanked all those involved in the project and said: "Enlarging the warehouse and production areas is a clear sign of the Group's faith in Prüm-Weinsheim." A representative of the state government also attended the inauguration. "The new building is a symbol of STIHL's success story: In my function as secretary of state for economic affairs I am pleased about STIHL's investment, which is true business promotion for our state." said Uwe Hüser, secretary of state in the ministry for economic affairs, environmental protection, energy and planning in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate.
STIHL established its own foundry in Prüm-Weinsheim in 1971. Today, the company is regarded as a technology leader in the industry and is one of the biggest and most modern magnesium die casting plants in Europe. The 24,000 square meter plant with some 600 employees produces high quality magnesium components, not only for STIHL's own products but also for many renowned companies in the automobile, engineering and electrical industries.