Current news 2017

27 March 2017

Delegation from Singapore interested in innovative solutions for the production of room modules

During a fact-finding trip to Germany and the Netherlands, some of Singapore's largest building contractors and precast concrete producers learned about state-of-the-art concrete production for precast room modules. Steffen Schmitt and Hans-Jörg Vollert personally welcomed the delegation in Weinsberg and presented possible approaches. They also gave details of Vollert's extensive experience in this area. The main focus was, first and foremost, the production, interior fitting and finishing of three-dimensional room modules and cells, as well as the handling and warehouse concepts necessary for this purpose. The visit was organized by the Building & Construction Authority Singapore (BCA), a governmental authority under the umbrella of the Ministry of National Development which is responsible for construction development in Singapore.

15 February 2017

High-lively homes for todays Indian families

Bangalore's Sobha Ltd. is among the fastest-growing backward integrated property developers in India with more than 360 construction projects completed. In 2015 Sobha set the next milestone in the company's history with the installation of the largest onsite precast plant in India in Bangalore with German technology by Vollert. The residential construction project Sobha Dream Acres is now the first construction project implemented that is fully based on prefabricated elements.


16 January 2017

Hot Furnaces, Cool Mechanical Handling

For its new factory, Benninghoven, specialists in the construction of asphalt mixing plants up to 50 m in height and a member of the Wirtgen Group, is investing in a new double-track suspension system from Vollert for the overhead surface treatment of large parts. The special drive concept allows the overhead and flexible transport of up to 22 ton heavy parts, while at the same time enabling the energy-efficient separation of transport and furnace steel structures. Besides Benninghoven, in the company group Wirtgen and Kleemann are already using the proven Vollert technology.


Current news 2016

1 December 2016

Modular Construction Kits TeCbox for the Schools of Weinsberg

Taking a holistic approach to promoting technology for boys and girls, from preschool to primary schools, through to higher education is the key to assure young staff in technical professions. Weinsberg in its capacity as educational body is now ranked the first city throughout the Federal Republic of Germany that has equipped all school groups with the TeCbox modular construction kits. Several school class sets of the kits "Energie Plus" have met enthusiastic pupils at the collaborative school "Weibertreu" and the Justinus-Kerner high school in Weinsberg. The Vollert company as longstanding and traditional company has taken over the sponsorship.

30 November 2016

Christoph Müller-Bernhardt new at Vollert

Since 1 November 2016, Christoph Müller-Bernhardt has been the new Senior Sales Manager at plant specialist Vollert. The 50-year-old will support the up-and-coming markets of Africa, South-East Asia and the Arabian world in future, making use of his long know-how centred on the production of precast concrete parts.

Christoph Müller-Bernhardt, who was born and spent his youth in Munich, last worked for Weiler GmbH from Gau-Algesheim, where he was expert manager since 2007, and later global sales manager. The merchant has profound knowledge in the industry and the global market.

7 November 2016

Innovative Technologies for Anode and Aluminium Sheet Production

At ALUMINIUM 2016 (hall 13, stand 13I05), Vollert is presenting innovative material handling and storage systems for smelting works, rolling and extrusion plants. The first system developed with TRIMET Aluminium SE in Hamburg for cooling green anodes using natural ventilation is unique in the world. At Hydro Rolled Products GmbH in Grevenbroich, an end-to-end fully automated intralogistics system supports rapid and damage-free production of high-quality aluminium sheets.


10 October 2016

Shanghai Baoye relies on state-of-the-art precast construction technology

Precast construction technology has a long tradition of nearly 60 years in China. The boom was brought to a sudden stop in the 1990s, however, by a lack of state subsidies and components of inferior quality. This has changed today, with state-of-the-art precast architecture, the importance of environmental and resource protection, as well as new industrialised manufacturing methods. Chinese builders such as Shanghai Baoye group invest in state-of-the-art machinery and plant technology.


30 September 2016

Gerhard Geist discharged as Managing Director

On September 30, 2016 Gerhard Geist will officially be relieved of his management duties. After nearly 40 years he will now have the opportunity to enjoy his well-deserved retirement. His successor will be Dr. Markus Deimel, who has already been working as a new Managing Director since July 2015 alongside Hans-Jörg Vollert. Gerhard Geist joined the company in 1979 as a skilled toolmaker and graduate mechanical engineer, where he held the position of Head Designer from 1982 until he was promoted to Managing Director in the year 2000. "As a person who is an engineer with all of his heart and soul, Gerhard Geist was instrumental for the successful history of our company, and he has significantly driven our innovation leadership in numerous projects worldwide. In 1999 he also acted as a bridge which facilitated the successful leadership transition from the second to the third generation of our family-owned business. For this, and for the decades of successful work as a leader we owe him a great degree of gratitude", said Hans-Jörg Vollert during the farewell ceremony.

12 September 2016

European Parliament Member, Michael Theurer, visited Vollert

Michael Theurer, Member of the European Parliament and Chairman of the Baden-Württemberg FDP gained a close-up insight into the technological capabilities of the plant manufacturer during an on-site company visit at Vollert. Theurer was impressed by the complex engineering projects that the company has been able to carry out worldwide throughout the past 90 years. During a personal conversation with the Managing Partner, Hans-Jörg Vollert, the addressed topics included the current European policy issues, Brexit, TTIP and the current situation within the euro zone. When it came to the topics economy and Europe, both parties had a unanimous opinion that family-owned business are crucial for the sustainable economic strength of Germany, whereas politicians are required to improve the framework conditions in order for this to continue in the future.

16 August 2016

Quiet and emission-free: E-mobile solutions for shunting and loading operations

At InnoTrans in Berlin (September 20-23, 2016, Hall 23/Booth 305), Vollert as specialist in cost-effective shunting and loading systems for connecting and secondary railway systems will be focusing on mobile electrical shunting solutions. Current projects in Germany and Russia for Tegometall, Shell, and EuroChem confirm the increased demand, not only for autonomous battery-operated systems, but also for cable-fed systems.

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25 July 2016

BAUMAX develops precast construction system for residential housing in Chile

Currently a newly developed precast modular construction system has captured Chile. This system is different from others not only because of its earthquake-resistant features, but also because of the shorter building periods involved, and the higher building quality. The complete project was developed collaboratively by the leading Chilean housing developer BAUMAX, the earthquake specialist Sirve SA and the German plant engineering company Vollert. "Throughout the spectrum of our activities - including the manufacture of prototypes in Germany, and subsequent erection in Chile - much was accomplished with the support of architects, designers, planners, and consultants. As a result, precast, earthquake-resistant concrete walls and floor slabs can now be automatically manufactured in a short time with top quality", said Sebastián Lüders, satisfied Technical Director at BAUMAX. Following the successful completion of the first model house residential areas of this type in April 2016, the Baumax group now starts the serial production of the new types of houses.


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30. May 2016

380.000 Railway Sleepers for the New Gotthard Base Tunnel

With a length of 57.1 kilometers the new Gotthard Base Tunnel is the longest railway tunnel in the world and ahead of the Japanese Seikan tunnel and the Channel Tunnel linking France with Great Britain. At the end of 17 years of construction the first train now rolls through the tunnel with a speed of 250 km/h. A total number of 380 000 concrete sleepers produced in a state-of-the-art production plant with latest Vollert technology has been laid for three years using the low vibration track system.

2 March 2016

Warning! Heavy Haulage!

In Luxembourg the manufacturer of low-loaders, Faymonville, has parts that weigh up to 12 tons floating freely through its paintshop without touching the ground. At its headquarters in Lentzweiler in Luxembourg a new paint line for surface coating of trailer parts is currently under construction. The parts are blasted floor-free, spray-galvanized and coated. The material flow concept comes from a heavy haulage expert, too - from Vollert. The focus is on the overhead dual-track suspension system. The distribution on two tracks allows the flexible and optimal positioning for automatic sandblasting of the workpieces, which may be up to 3 m high, 2 m wide and 12 m long. The process of sand-blasting and the drive through the cabin are fully automated.


11 February 2016

All in Precast - from idea to turn-key plant concept

At this year's bauma in Munich, which takes place from April 11 through April 17, Vollert will be presenting new plant and machine concepts for stationary and fully automated production of precast concrete elements at booth 206 in hall B1. Taking centre stage are the award-winning and further improved ISO-MATIC 2.0, which cuts insulating material to exact specifications fully automatically, current new engineering and modernisation projects as well as state-of-the-art formwork systems. True to the motto "All in Precast", Vollert is advising and consulting with customers on the latest precast manufacturing technology, offering customised plant concepts and providing information about trends such as building information modelling (BIM).

11 January 2016

Special crane systems for slabs and coils etc.

From the 8th to the 10th of March, the intralogistics specialist Vollert will be presenting impressive material flow and storage systems for heavy and very heavy loads, at the LogiMAT 2016 in Stuttgart (Hall 5, Booth 5A40). In doing so, the focus will be on special crane systems, for the metal and aluminium industry for example. Whether hot, sensitive, uneven or several tons in weight - current project examples for AMAG Austria Metall AG and the Chinese Zhongwang group will be used to show how semi and fully automatic crane systems can transport, turn and stack goods that are several tons in weight. With special crane systems for loads from 1 t to 200 t, Vollert offers their customers worldwide individual solutions, even for the most difficult environmental conditions, such as in painting plants, explosion-protected working areas or with the manufacturing of sensitive aluminium products, for example.

Current news 2015

12 November 2015

New coke unloading facility ensures efficient transport

An innovative coke unloading facility was officially inaugurated in early November 2015 by voestalpine in the Austrian Leoben/Donawitz. With the jointly developed coke logistics system, voestalpine, Innofreight and the Rail Cargo Group revolutionize the raw material logistics at this site. The new facility enables the complete raw materials handled in Donawitz to be delivered by rail. Core of this system is a shunting robot KR 100 from Vollert, which pulls the loaded carts through the unloading station. The new plant technology will not only  conserve resources and increase efficiency in Donawitz,  but has also added value to the site and the region.

6 November 2015

Indian relies on modern precast concrete technology

With more than 360 construction projects completed, Sobha Limited - which has its head office in Bangalore - is among the leading and fastest-growing property developers in India. Founded in 1995, Sobha has positioned itself as one of the key players in the Indian real estate sector. The company has reached the next major milestone in its history with the installation of its own precast concrete production facilities. In future, 400,000 m² of plane wall and concrete slabs will be produced in a variety of precast geometries in the Sobha precast concrete factory in Bangalore. In addition to these, since July 2015 special construction elements have been produced in the Bangalore facility. These include precast staircases, façade elements as well as steel construction components such as columns and beams. To ensure very high cycle times throughout the entire production process, these special parts are produced using stationary mould technology from the Nuspl formwork specialist.

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8 September 2015

Chamber of Commerce in an interview with the Vice-President of the European Parliament

The Vice President of the European Parliament Rainer Wieland and representatives of the regional economy at the IHK Heilbronn-Franken have met to exchange ideas on current economic issues. Participants included Chamber of Commerce President Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Harald Unkelbach, Chamber of Commerce - Managing Director Elke Döring and Peter Fenkl, Chairman of Ziehl Abegg AG, Klaus Schäuble, Managing Director of ILLIG Maschinenbau GmbH Co. KG, Alois Schöllhorn, Managing Director of Böpple GmbH and Hans-Jörg Vollert, CEO of Vollert Anlagenbau GmbH. Among the topics discussed were the current migrant crisis, the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and the United States (TTIP), as well as the idea of a European training alliance against youth unemployment.

3 September 2015

Retrofit: Vollert exchanges storage and retrieval machines during ongoing automobile production

For the retrofitting of a twelve-aisles fully automated high-bay warehouse at Mercedes Benz in Sindelfingen, Vollert has delivered 12 storage and retrieval machines, aisle equipment, conveyor and safety, process control technology as well as electronics and the steel construction for the pre-zone. The exchange is made during ongoing production over four construction phases. The existing storage system as well as the building itself remain unchanged.


25 August 2015

Prestressed concrete sleepers for Venezuela

In the framework of an integral concept of infrastructure, Venezuela will invest in the expansion of its transport network in the city of Barquisimeto. Modern prestressed concrete sleepers are to be laid for this huge railway construction project. The state-owned company IFE relies on the technology and know-how of Vollert. Dr. Carolina Arbrero (IFE) and Leonides Alvarez (representative of the trade union INFERCA), accompanied by the representatives of the responsible engineering office TwoWay , Jorge Rodrígues and Rogelio Pérez, held last week technical meetings with the Vollert project managers and engineers. They could also visit the modern production plant of Vollert at its headquarters in Weinsberg. The production of the first prestressed concrete sleepers for the Venezuelan's 6 million inhabitants metropolis should be starting by the end of 2015.

3 August 2015

Dr. Bernhard Lasotta, member of the Landtag visits Vollert

Dr. med. Bernhard Lasotta, a member of the Parliament of Baden-Württemberg since 2011 and deputy of the rural district of Neckarsulm, recently visited the plant manufacturer Vollert in Weinsberg. In a personal discussion with the managing partner Hans-Jörg Vollert, Mr. Lasotta learned about the complex plant projects that Vollert has developed all over the world, as well as the company's 90-year jubilee which it is celebrating in 2015. In addition, current political topics were discussed such as the shortage of skilled staff and the Free Trade Agreement between the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. With respect to the reform of inheritance tax, both agreed that the reform programmes currently being presented could jeopardize existing larger, family-owned companies.

27 July 2015

Dr.-Ing. Markus Deimel is new Managing Director

Dr.-Ing. Markus Deimel has been appointed new CEO of Vollert Anlagenbau GmbH, effective July 2015. He will gradually take over the role from the current CEO Gerhard Geist who will begin his retirement at the end of next year after over 35 years at Vollert. Dr. Deimel comes from the building materials plant manufacturer Grenzebach BSH, where his last position was head of the engineering department. "As a technology leader, and the first point of contact for intralogistics systems for metals and heavy loads and plant engineering concepts for the precast concrete industry, we claim to be innovative and creative - the key for this is located in our engineering division. Here we will focus on these branches with changing technology in the years to come, and will lead our customers to the forefront of their markets", explains Dr. Deimel. The newly appointed CEO will manage the business activities during the transitional period until the end of 2016 in conjunction with Hans-Jörg Vollert and Gerhard Geist.

15 July 2015

Rotterdam is home to the world's first emissions-free container terminal

Commissioned to design and construct battery exchange stations, Vollert is providing a key component that will help realize the world's first soot, CO2 and nitrogen oxide-free container terminal in the Maasvlakte II port area in Rotterdam. The operators have decided in favor of the environmentally-friendly, battery-powered container transporters from Terex Port Solutions. 62 AGVs assume full remote-controlled operation via a WLAN connection during the initial rollout phase. Containers handled between the quay and container stack at the new APM Terminals Maasvlakte II terminal facilities are transported quietly, free of emissions, in the absence of drivers and are powered by a 12-ton battery pack that is automatically removed from the vehicle in the battery exchange station, where it is recharged up to three times a day, depending on operating conditions.

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30 June 2015

Vollert celebrated its 90-year company jubilee making investments for the futur

On June 26th and 27th, Vollert celebrated its 90-year company jubilee with over 1,000 customers, partners and employees. Among the guests of honour were Reihold Gall, Minister of the Interior of the State of Baden-Württemberg as well as customers from Russia, China, Thailand and India. When Hermann Vollert opened his locksmith's shop in Weinsberg in 1925, he could never have imagined that this step would be the foundation stone for one of the technological leaders in machinery and plant engineering. Ninety years and three generations later, Vollert 's engineers move heavy loads using patented solutions that make Vollert a global trailblazer in numerous branches of industry. In its anniversary year, the traditional company has invested 4 million Euros in form of additional office space and meeting and recreation rooms, as well as in new CNC working centres and outdoor storage areas. During the grand opening, Hans-Jörg Vollert presented a cheque in the sum of 10,000 Euros to the association "fascination with technology" to be used fortechnical innovations in schools and kindergartens to make sure that highly skilled engineers are available for the traditional company also in future.

30 April 2015

Prestressed concrete sleepers for Thai major projects in the railway construction

For the upcoming infrastructure projects to expand the Thai railway network, the worldwide construction group STRABAG supplies a total of 1.73 million railway sleepers in the next 5 years. Thailand thus relies on prestressed concrete sleeper which increasingly replace the steel or even wooden sleeper. Concrete is more durable and low- maintenance, also environmentally friendly, since no mineral tar oil is required for impregnation. "In order to produce the high output quantities that we are aiming for, we decided to invest
in a state-of-the-art concrete precast plant with intelligent circulation system technology and innovative machine solutions, which was launched with the groundbreaking Mid 2014 50 km South-East of Bangkok", says Torsten Spangenberg, Head of Business Unit Railway Infrastructure at STRABAG. For the technology and know-how we rely on Vollert as the leading engineering specialist worldwide in the prestressed concrete sleepers production.

25 February 2015

New levels of flexibility and quality in the residential construction in Russia

The SU-155 Group in Russia has increased its production capacity and the quality of the precast elements it offers thank to a new, state-of-the-art concrete precast plant designed by Vollert for solid and sandwich walls. The high level of versatility built into the plant also allows the Group to provide customers with a greater variety of architectural design options. "The new production line signifies a breakthrough in residential construction as it enables us to custom design and manufacture houses using prefabricated building techniques. Furthermore we achieve a higher levels of quality by 8 times higher volume output", summarized Michail Balakin , Chairman of the SU-155 Group. As planning got underway, it was assumed ZAO Strojindustrija will continue offering the standard housing options for the market. In the meantime it is now completely producing new series of houses without any special retooling as part of a collaborative program with leading European architects.

18 February 2015

Robotized unloading of sugar beet

With production sites and subsidiaries in 55 countries, the AGRANA Group is today one of Europe's largest sugar producers and is the world's leading supplier of fruit preparations. At harvest time, everything must go quickly. Deliveries of sugar beet are unloaded, washed and processed non- stop, 24 hours a day. To ensure that the production chain keeps going irrespective of the product delivered by truck, a safety buffer has been built in whereby freight carriages stands by with the sweet fruit . Until now freight wagons were handled by a rope conveyor, but excessive wear and increasing demands took their toll on the stationary system, which could no longer cope effectively. Since September 2014 the unloading works are being undertaken by the  shunting robot DER 50. Robust mechanicals allow the shunting robot DE 50 from Vollert to be operated in almost any weather imaginable, including high temperatures, snow, freeze and temperatures down to minus 60 °C.

5 January 2015

Solutions that have inspired for 90 years

Cable cars that span the width of an ocean, mega high-bay ware-houses that can accommodate up to 100,000 tons of aluminum coils, and the most advanced, state-of-the-art precast concrete part plants in the world are just some of the many projects that underscore the relentless innovative spirit lived out every day at Vollert. In 2015, the company will celebrate its 90th anniversary and plans to invest over four million euros to take on additional chal-lenges and continue growing.

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Current news 2014

1 December 2014

Hans-Jörg Vollert in the Board of Directors of the VDMA - Association of construction and civil engineering machinery

Hans-Jörg Vollert, CEO of Vollert Anlagenbau GmbH, has been elected for another 3 years in the Board of Directors of the VDMA Association of construction and civil engineering machinery. This was decided by the members at the annual general meeting on November 06th in Leipzig. The trade association represents the interests of 300 companies in the construction, building materials, glass, ceramic and natural stone industry. It is one of the 38 professional organisations of the VDMA and with approximately 53,000 employees and a turnover of 9.5 billion euros (as of 2009) one of the leading branches of the medium-sized mechanical and plant engineering companies.

28 November 2014

TeCbox-modular construction kits for Weinsberg elementary schools

The TeCbox, developed in cooperation with the association faszination technik e.v. and the Südwestmetall, includes an age-appropriate offer of teaching materials to promote technology and science lessons in elementary schools. Several class sets of the modular construction kits met now in a special fund-raising campaign of the engineering specialist Vollert enthusiastic students at the Weinsberg elementary schools Grantschen, Grasiger Hag and Rossäcker ."The TecBox is an important element for early inspire children for technical issues", explained Klaus Jaißle, co-initiator of the TecBox project, at the pre-Christmas donation handover at the end of November.

3 November 2014

ISO-MATIC 2.0: Automated insulation preparation

Energy-efficient precast concrete parts such as insulated double and Sandwich walls are in serious demand around the world. Cost-effective production, however, also requires new technologies in order to be able to produce high-Quality precast elements in large quantities via strictly organised processes and in short periods of time. The ISO-MATIC 2.0 workstation enables this via precise, automatic cutting of insulation materials in any desired geometrical shape (bored circles, angles, waves, and much more).

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16 October 2014

VDMA-Interview about TTIP

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade agreement between the European Union and the USA has polarised society. The mechanical and plant engineering industry welcomes the planned creation of a large economic area without tariff barriers, but with common regulations and standards. It is not profit increase, which makes the medium-sized industry supporters of TTIP, but their traditionally strong sense of responsibility and a long-term successful business strategy. Hans-Jörg Vollert clearly takes a stance in an interview with the VDMA and names the reasons.

17 September 2014

Vollert invests for further growth

In the course of a wide investment programme, Vollert significantly expands its office and administration area and creates new room for modern workplaces. "With the recent investment we confirm, that we will work for further growth, namely at headquarters in Weinsberg", describes the CEO Hans-Jörg Vollert. New modern offices, a welcoming customer and visitor area, as well as handicapped-accessible entrances and elevators are planned. The ambitious construction project also includes a modern operating restaurant for the 250 staff working at the headquarters of the company and extensive investments in machinery. The construction work will be completed by 2015, year of the 90th Vollert´s anniversary.

25 August 2014

Cool, large, fast and unique: Automated mega high-bay warehouses for the aluminium industry 

At the ALUMINIUM 2014 event to be held in Dusseldorf, Germany, from 7 to 9 October 2014 (Hall 9, booth 9J28), the intralogistics specialist Vollert will present its state-of-the-art material flow and storage systems for aluminium production in rolling and extrusion plants. Here, the focus will be on fully automated, fast and robust storage technology for coils and plates weighing up to 36 tonnes, as well as efficient intralogistics processes and intelligent cooling systems for the rapid further processing of material. Vollert offers more than just basic systems engineering. This is reflected in its current projects, which will also be a key area of focus at the ALUMINIUM 2014 event.

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4 August 2014

Technical expertise and plant technology for Kazakhstan's construction industry

As an emerging nation with an average economic growth of 10%, Kazakhstan stands out from the rest of Central Asia. This is also reflected in the boom in the country's construction sector. In metropolitan areas, the demand for real estate has risen consistently over the past 10 years, and this increase is still ongoing. Kazakhstan's government is focusing its efforts on funding intensive investment programs to support this trend. The use of a state-of-the-art standard construction system is part of the construction method based on precast concrete elements. In Kazakhstan, Vollert has developed unprecedented plant concepts for the production of solid and sandwich elements for turnkey buildings, such as residential and commercial buildings, industrial parks, shopping malls, hotels and schools. The showcases in Uralsk and Karaganda use Vollert's latest machine technology.

8 July 2014

New Caledonia, the dream island, relies on precast concrete construction

New Caledonia, the French archipelago in the South Pacific, 2,000 km away from the Australian coast is among the world's most popular vacation destinations with temperatures between 20 and 30°C and gorgeous beaches and diving resorts. In pursuing the construction of new buildings for residential areas, public administration and touristic projects , state-of-the art precast production techniques are used. Architecturally attractive single-family homes, multi-storey residential buildings will be produced as well as hospitals, schools, entire hotel complexes and industrial halls. The precast plant of the LBDP Group in New Caledonia completed in April 2014 will produce floor slabs and double/sandwich walls as well as columns and beams in future.

17 June 2014

Retrofit: AMAG streamlines production

A new heavy-duty transfer car from Vollert is moving aluminum coils into and out of the furnace area in the AMAG Austria Metall AG, Austria´s leading manufacturer of aluminum semi-finished and foundry products. Weighing up to 55 tons, the coils can be shuttled between a buffer warehouse and six furnaces. During the retrofit process, the previous transfer car and control systems were removed and replaced with the new variants to upgrade the handling system that has been in place for over 30 years. Existing installations such as the tracks, transfer areas, and heat treatment furnaces were retained, and the new transfer car was adapted in line with the space and mechanical interfaces available.

14 May 2014

2nd edition of ´Lexikon der deutschen Familienunternehmen´ published

Family businesses are the backbone of the German economy. About 60% of the German workers find work at them, they generate 50% of German sales, hold 75% of patents, provide 80% of training places. The newly designed standard reference work ´Lexikon der deutschen Familienunternehmen' (lexicon of German family businesses) published by the Verlag Deutsche Standards EDITIONEN, is already considered as a modern classic and presents in the second revised edition the over 1000 most important family businesses as well as their history. The launch party took place in Dresden on May 8, 2014. And Vollert was there.

7 May 2014

Vollert in German news magazine "heute"

The HHLA Container Terminal in Hamburg is regarded as the most state-of-the-art facility of its kind all over the world. Some 90 automated guided vehicles that operate without a driver (AGVs) are used to move containers between the loading dock and the container depot. Now, battery-powered AGVs are being considered as an alternative means of transport that can reduce exhaust and noise emissions. Surplus of green energy from sun and wind is used to electrically move the container transporters. The automated handling station from Vollert, which quickly removes and exchanges the onboard batteries ensures a smooth round-the-clock service of the vehicles.  The ZDF "heute" magazine reported on May 6, 2014 about this.

17 March 2014

GreenTech-Robot: A new generation at the starting line

Zementwerk Hatschek in Gmunden, Austria is now home to a new DER 120 shunting robot that maneuvers and loads product safely and in an environmentally friendly manner. The new diesel-electric drive system with variable operating speeds promises to considerably reduce fuel consumption and increase long-term profitability as a result. The operating speed of the diesel engine continually adapts to the power required at a given moment thanks to the combined alternating and direct current setup. This makes it possible to fit smaller engines without losing performance while at the same time further lowering fuel consumption. The benefits offered by the new drive system include lower noise and emissions levels.

14 January 2014

Next stop: paint center

At the new surface treatment center of Siemens AG Austria, subway and passenger train carriages are transported automatically to the individual surface treatment booths. The wagon transfer car from Vollert enables the particularly flexible plant layout of the individual working stations and offers high security levels for the personnel in this area. Measuring 27.5 m in width and 6 m in length, the transfer car serves a travel  distance of 90 m and can accommodate workpieces  up to a weight of  20 tons. An infinitely variable travel speed up to 0.8 m/s and absolute value encoders installed on both sides of the pit ensure the controlled synchronization of the two drive units of 5.5 kW. The data transfer for the entire operating distance is carried out via optical data transceiver.

Current news 2013

19 December 2013

Donation for promoting interest in technology among young people at Weinsberg elementary schools

Taking a holistic approach to promoting technology for boys and girls, from preschool to schools, through to initial and advanced training measures is the key to assure young staff in technical professions. This explains, why Vollert within an exceptional fund-raising campaign, handed over several experimental construction kits, called TeCbox - to all elementary school grades at the Rossäcker and Grasiger Hag schools in the real value of € 3,700 . The TeCbox includes an age-appropriate range of teaching materials to promote technology and science lessons in elementary schools. With this donation, we want to promote the interest of students in technology in grades 1 to 4. "This ensures us also in the future well educated and trained engineers and professionals" emphasized Hans-Jörg Vollert. The students were impressed by the action and inmediately got down to work full of natural experimental desire.

4 December 2013

Dazzling performance for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi

The visitors of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi can look forward to a brilliant performance: 38 new regional trains had been commissioned by Russian Railways (RZD) for the major sporting event, including a state-of–the-art train washing facility. The shunting robot type KR50 from Vollert ensures optimum washing results by pushing the train at constant speed through the washing facility, once the desired cleaning program has been selected. Recently, the long journey started to the Russian Black Sea coast. From the heavy-load-port in Antwerp with the ship to St. Petersburg and from there, by lorry 2,500 miles to its final destination. Since November the KR50 has been proving its efficiency under extreme climatic conditions.

29 October 2013

High-bay and automated intralogistics system speeds up production for Aleris

Aleris International, Inc. plans to boost production capacity in Duffel, Belgium with a new Sexto mill. To ensure smooth operation, Vollert Anlagenbau from Weinsberg will provide a fully-automated intralogistics system with high-bay warehouse. Up to 32 coils with a maximum unit weight of 25 tons are moved in and out of the warehouse each hour.

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16 July 2013

Tianjin Zhongwang Aluminium commissions Vollert to install XXL-intralogistics concept

A 7-storey mega high-bay warehouse with integrated cooling system for more than 1.160 aluminium coils and a material capacity of almost 31.000 t forms the backbone of the new aluminium rolling plant of the Chinese manufacturer Tianjin Zhongwang Aluminium. The scope of order also covers the linkage to the cold-rolling mills and processing areas by means of coil transfer cars and 2 AGVs for automatically supplying to and removing material from the finishing lines. In the melting area a fully integrated material flow system, that guarantees the storage and handling of the aluminium ingots from the melt up to the hot rolling mill, will be installed by Vollert. Several automatic manipulators, tilting stations, transport cars as well as tunnel vehicles will ensure optimum processes. After the projects Xiashun, Henan Zhongfu and Weihai this is the next major order in the Asian region.

14 June 2013

Vollert receives major order for precast concrete plants in the Moscow region

Vollert received a major order from the Russian construction and real estate group SU-155. The group is one of Russia's leading concrete precast manufacturer with a share of more than 30% in the Moscow residential construction market. In the future solid walls as well as high-quality sandwichs walls will be produced in the new modern precast concrete plants in Tula. Highly automated circulation systems double the current production capacity to over 500,000 m² of shuttering area a year. Another circulation plant with state-of-the-art Vollert technology for the production of solid walls/- flooring will be installed until early 2014 in Odintsovo. With these investments SU-155 sees itself optimally prepared for today's and upcoming construction projects.

27 May 2013

Up and away – Continental exchanges 75 meters of test track in a matter of minutes

Anything but small, the exchangeable pavement cassettes used in the world's first fully climatized indoor tire testing facility from Continental weigh more than 100 tons and measure 75 meters in length. The facility allows the tire manufacturer to conduct 100,000 dry and wet brake tests per year using up to five different sections of test pavement. Vollert developed the system that quickly changes the cassettes. 

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April 30, 2013

Ambassador of Mongolia visits Vollert for information exchange

His Excellency Mr Baldorj Davaadori, the Mongolian Ambassador in Germany recently visited Vollert in Weinsberg for a first information exchange. Due to its vast wealth of raw materials, it is expected Mongolia becomes in the next years the country with one of the world's fastest growing economies. To connect the domestic mining to world markets  there will be necessary investments in the railway infrastructure, which includes among others, the route of the broad gauge railway between Tavan-Tolgoi and Sainshand. As technological leader, Hans-Jörg Völlert, CEO of the company, informed His Excellency Mr Davaadori about state-of-the-art technology for the production of concrete sleepers.

April 8, 2013

Vollert Anlagenbau in the Encyclopaedia "The Best of German Engineering"

The construction of machines and production plants strongly marked by its medium-sized companies is the heart of the German industry. To give a face to this fascinating high-tech industry the 1000 pages- new encyclopedia "The Best of German Engineering" was unveiled as part of a festive premiere at the fair of Hanover (HMI). "In 29 of 32 international comparable branches are German engineers among the top 3 suppliers and if we consider only half of the branches, they are even worldwide leader. The reference work includes 2.000 German production plants and machinery constructors", explains Dr. Thomas Lindner, President of the VDMA (German Engineering Federation) in his speech.  "And Vollert among them all. This makes us very proud", so Hans-Jörg Vollert.

28 February 2013

bauma 2013 – Discover a new era!

From April 15th through April 21st, Vollert Anlagenbau from Weinsberg will team up with the tradition-steeped Nuspl brand for the first time to present its expanded portfolio of stationary solutions for manufacturing precast concrete parts at this year's bauma trade show in Munich. Numerous innovations in machine technology for precast concrete plants and for manufacturing prestressed concrete sleepers will also take center stage. The new SMART SET shuttering robot, a multifunctional robot of the latest generation, will likewise be unveiled at the booth (hall B1, booth 204).

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21 January 2013

Automated production of high-strength carbon

The SGL Group - Carbon Company - is setting up a new production centre for the ‘green’ production of semi-finished products made from highly robust carbon material (press graphite).  The plant’s core facility is the isostatic press, which presses the graphic with uniform pressure from all sides. The company has an annual output of 10,000 tons a year. Special machinery from Vollert automatically links the working stations.  For example, there are several 3.5 m-long transfer cars that act as the central connection between the work processes.

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12 December 2012

Donation for Diaconia "Tafelladen" at Weinsberg

Vollert Anlagenbau supports this year with a donation of € 2.500 the local food bank called "Tafelladen" from the Diaconia district Weinsberg. The initiative, which was founded in December 2011, is a joint project of the Evangelical Church district Weinsberg and the district Diaconia Association Heilbronn and considered to be the starting point for many families in financial need. Karl-Friedrich Bretz, Director of the district Diaconia Association was pleased that Vollert as local company sets a special signal of social responsibility with the donation.

07 November 2012

Newly nominated Vice President at Vollert 

Vollert has appointed Björn Brandt as its new Vice President for ´Systems and Technology for the Construction Materials Industry´. Since 2007, Mr Brandt has enjoyed great success in managing a range of national and international concrete plant projects and has focused particularly on engineering technologies for precast plants at Vollert. In his new position, Mr Brandt plans to further expand Vollert's leading role in technology and innovation and to follow in the successful footsteps of Mr Schlotter who will be leaving Vollert for new challenges.

29 October 2012

Fully automatic material flow in Mercedes-Benz press shop

Vollert delivers a comprehensive solution in intralogistics to supply the press lines of the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. The order features among others a high-bay warehouse system for sheet metal plates up to a total pile weight of 20 tons including a series of hoists, load transfer carriages and wagon shunting technology. The new high-bay warehouse system is already the third one, Vollert has delivered to the location in Bremen.

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28 September 2012

Work anniversaries 2012 at Vollert

Continuity defines not only our customer relationships but also the esteem in which Vollert holds its employees characterizes our long-established company. In 2012 we were able to celebrate again some work anniversaries at Vollert. Besides some employees, who celebrated their 25 -year jubilee, we could congratulate Ewald Fritsch, software developer at the turning shop, celebrating 40 years at Vollert and Herbert Steiner, production team leader, who truly celebrated an exceptional anniversary: 50 years dedication to the company.

21 September 2012

Winfried Hermann, the Minister of Transport visits Vollert at InnoTrans 2012

During his trip to InnoTrans 2012 in Berlin, Winfried Hermann, the Minister of Transport for the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, visited the specialized machinery and plant engineering company Vollert. At the Baden-Württemberg booth, CEO Hans-Jörg Vollert presented not only the company's high-quality products and solutions for shunting and loading, but also introduced Vollert's plant engineering technology for the production of concrete sleepers. Minister Hermann was particularly impressed with the ample product pallet as well as Vollert's global presence, enabled by a staff of 200.

15 August 2012

Nuspl Schalungsbau GmbH + Co. KG is founded

The concrete plant supplier Nuspl Maschinenbau has found a new strategic investor. With effect from September 1st, 2012, Vollert Anlagenbau GmbH’s associates will take over business operations from the Karlsruhe-based traditional company. This acquisition means that Vollert will be able to offer customers in future even more far-reaching solutions as well as in the construction of stationary formwork.

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27 July 2012

Vollert teams at the start at the 4th Heilbronn company run

The 4th company run organized by the local paper Heilbronner Stimme started on July 26, 2012 with 4.752 participants. Enthusiastic viewers lined the 5.3 km course around Heilbronn town centre and cheer on the highly motivated running team from Vollert, which made a 35th place among 1.188 teams in 1:31 h.

11 July 2012

Weihai Haixin focuses on Vollert for a new aluminium rolling mill
Vollert has received an order from Weihai Haixin new material Co. Ltd. for a high-bay warehouse system to store 1,000 aluminium coils with a total capacity of 32,000 tons. In its new rolling mill in the Chinese city of Weihai, Weihai Haixin will manufacture high-quality aluminium products, up to litho quality. It has therefore chosen Vollert to supply, from concept to implementation, fully automated intralogistics solutions. The scope of order also includes all links to the cold rolling mill and other processing areas.  The contract required particularly gentle handling of the flow of materials, and stipulated that the innovative plant technology should guarantee no damage to materials at the production stage.

22 June 2012

Explosion-protected shunting robot KR-50 in compliance with ATEX Directive

The world´s leading polyethylene manufacturer, LyondellBasell, relies on the new shunting robot KR 50 EX from Vollert to load hydrogen into wagons in line with explosion protection requirements. The robot features full explosion protection compliant with ATEX Directive and is certified for potentially explosive work areas. Using all-wheel drive technology the shunting robot has a traction force of 50 kN and accelerates with an infinetely variable speed of up to 18 m/min under load. The benefits also include lower maintenance costs as compared with the usual rope conveyor systems with wheelacting or buffer pusher trucks. The risks associated with the autonomous loading and shunting system are significantly lower. Apart  from that the onsite planning and preliminary work for foundations and power supply can be done away with entirely.

31 May 2012

Formal opening of the precast concrete factory at Tiong Seng in Singapore

Singapore´s first fully automated precast concrete plant has now been formally opened in the presence of around 200 guests from business and politics. This heralded at the same time a new era of modernity in the construction industry of the city-state. The use of state-of-the-art plant technology and intelligent, automated processes play an important role in precast construction for the future economic growth of Singapore to satisfy  the  high demand on residential and industrial buildings. With the investment in the new production facility the company Tiong Seng is ahead of the construction market. This has also been emphasized by the Deputy Prime Minister in his opening speech detecting significant increases in productivity through automation in the construction sector.

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02 May 2012

Precast concrete parts for the emerging India

The construction company Precast India Infrastructures Pvt Ltd successfully meets  the high demand of the local construction industry with a new plant for the production of solid walls, solid floors and floor slabs. In the city of Pune in Western India the pallet circulation plant has been designed for a production capacity of up to 120 mof precast concrete parts per hour. Not only state-of-the art plant technology and know-how „made in Germany” was supplied by the plant engineering specialist Vollert Anlagenbau but also the configuration for further expansion capacities at a later date has been taken into account such as double walls. In addition the production processes could be precisely aligned with the local country and market conditions.

12 March 2012

New coating plant with intelligent conveyor technology for EvoBus

At the PaintExpo 2012 in Karlsruhe from April 17th to 20th (hall 1, stand 1328), Vollert Anlagenbau will present new solutions for  the wet and powder coating of large-scale components. One of the company’s current projects is a semi-automatic coating plant, installed at the bus manufacturer EvoBus GmbH in Mannheim. Each of the newly installed lines for coating the bus bodies is equipped wtih two paint shops, linked by semi-automatic lifting and conveyor equipment, for simple and risk-free transportation of car bodies.  In its capacity as general contractor, Vollert carried out the planning, production and delivery of all of the conveyor technology and the steel structure. It was also responsible for project coordination for the air and filter technology.

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10 February 2012

Order for a high-bay warehouse system for 45,000 tons of aluminium coils in China

Vollert received an order from  the Chinese Henan Zhongfu Industrial Co. Ltd to construct and install a fully automatic high-bay warehouse system for the storage of up to 1,300 aluminium coils for the new rolling mill in Gongyi in the province of Henan. The scope of order covers not only the linkage to the hot rolling mill but also the complete conveyor technology for the transport of the coils up to a weight of 35 tons to the annealing furnaces, the cold rolling mills and other production procedures.

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16 January 2012

Vollert reveives INTERMAT Innovation Award 2012

The INTERMAT Innovation Awards are considered one of the most important showcases for sustainable product innovation in the construction and construction materials industry. An international top-class jury under the chairmanship of Patrick Bernasconi, President of the French construction industry association, awarded the processing station ISO-MATIC developed by Vollert the Silver Award 2012 in the category construction equipment. The ISO-MATIC allows firstly the automated preparation, positioning and laying of the insulation in the manufacturing of. core insulated precast elements. This ensures economic, resource-saving production processes, explained the jury that selected Vollert product innovation among a total of 80 candidates at the award ceremony.

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9 December 2011

Donation for Justinus-Kerner high-school in Weinsberg

This year as well the Vollert plant engineering company  supports Justinus-Kerner high-school in Weinsberg with a donation. An amount of € 2000 has been spent for the expansion of teaching  natural science and technology. Headmaster Hans-Jürgen Maciejewski has been pleased to use the financial support from Vollert for a further addition of the technical lab equipment to comply with the current working methods practiced in technical professions.

4 November 2011

Fully automatic coil transport in Hydro aluminium mill

Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products GmbH has commissioned Vollert Anlagenbau to modernise its existing plant in Grevenbroich by designing an end-to-end intralogistics system that automatically loads and unloads lorries, stores up to 4,000 tons of aluminium coil, and uses trolleys with inductive power transfer.

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12 October 2011

Vollert a new member of the BLUeCOMPETENCE alliance

“Many talk about sustainability. We develop solutions.” BLUeCOMPETENCE is based on an initiative from the VDMA association.  It offers highly sophisticated solutions in terms of mechanical and plant engineering for questions related to new energy conceptions and sustainable technologies. As a certified alliance member of BLUeCOMPETENCE, Vollert continuously offers environmentally friendly and resource-friendly production solutions, thus opening up new potential and market opportunities to its customers.

21 September 2011

2011 work anniversaries at Vollert

This year, we have been able to celebrate staff work milestones achieved at Vollert.  Mrs Susanne Ziegler, an official in the purchasing department; Mr Josef Gebhart, a design engineer for intralogistics solutions; and Mr Werner Knörzer, production team leader.  We were therefore able to celebrate the 40th anniversary of several employees.  This is a clear indication of the value that Vollert places on staffing continuity, and the esteem in which it holds its employees, who all make a big difference to the success of the company.

5 August 2011

E-Mobility for container logistics

Battery-powered, emissions-free transporters that operate without a driver are being used for the first time at HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA). To quickly and frequently exchange the batteries in the onboard battery boxes, which can weigh up to 12 tons, Vollert Anlagenbau developed a fully automated handling station. 

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7 June 2011  

Russian prime minister Putin visited the precast concrete factory ZhBI-6 in Moscow

The Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin visited end of April together with a high-ranking delegation composed of representatives from politics and the construction industry the precast concrete factory of our customer Zavod ZhBI-6 in Moscow.  The production plants taken into operation in 2009 and 2011 are mainly used for the production of load-bearing concrete solid walls for the residential and industrial construction and present the state-of-the-art technology. The delegation has been highly impressed by the performance of the whole plant. At this point one aspect became quite clear. Innovative precast concrete technology makes residential construction even more efficient  and cost-effective.

6 May 2011  

The University of Chulalongkorn in Bangkok has placed an order with Vollert

Vollert Anlagenbau received an order from the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok for a simulation plant to produce pre-cast concrete components. In future, engineering science students will experience, in a reality environment, all the production processes and individual machinery components that are present in a modern pre-cast concrete factory. The Chulalongkorn University, founded in 1917 by King Vajiravudh, is one of the oldest universities in Thailand. At present, there are almost 30 000 students in 19 degree programmes. The University’s facilities include the renowned Faculty of Engineering which, thanks to the new training plant, gives its students real, functional knowledge as well as a theoretical education.

23 March 2011  

Homepage online in Portuguese

Recently the new homepage from Vollert Anlagenbau started as well in Portuguese. All product informations and news are now available in 7 languages.

17 March 2011  

CeMAT 2011: Vollert showcases its automatic cranes for goods of up to 40 tons

Vollert Anlagenbau will be presenting solutions for heavy-duty automatic cranes at the CeMAT fair in Hannover from 2nd until 6th of May 2011 (hall 27, stand F52), with floor-bound and overhead intralogistics systems completing the range.

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