MFL expansion enters the final stage: Production hall nearing completion
December 05, 2023
More space for high tech: that’s what Maschinenfabrik Liezen und Gießerei (MFL) is working for. On the site of the leading Ennstal-based company, work on an impressive production hall is currently reaching its final stage. Even more compelling than its dimensions is the future content: the hall will be home to one of the largest welding robots in Europe.
Liezen: the future is currently spreading across 42 x 23 m in Liezen: MFL's brand new manufacturing hall is already in the final stages of construction. Excavators and construction machinery have long since left, only the finishing touches are still being applied: First and foremost, the MFL employees got a taste of the new capacities as early as December. "Despite the tight schedule, we were able to complete the construction of the hall within the specified schedule, so that we could hold our Christmas party authentically and in proper style here this year," says MFL Managing Director Herbert Decker.
Processing of up to 20 tons weight per unit
At the beginning of the new year, the almost 1,000 m² of additional floor space will be used for its actual purpose – the installation of one of the largest welding robots in Europe. On the new plant with a total length of 46 m workpieces with a length of up to 28 m and a weight of up to 20 tons will be welded. "Not only are we creating more capacity for large-scale automation projects, but with our new competence centre for automated welding, we are also taking another strategic step towards becoming a European technology leader," explains Managing Director Decker.
Acceptance of the prototypes
In particular, the series production of rail vehicles is to take place on the welding robot – including, for example, the high-tech freight wagon of the German rail logistics company Helrom. In the beginning of the year MFL was commissioned with the production of 40 of the innovative wagons, with which lorry transports can be easily shifted from road to rail. "The prototypes are currently undergoing technical acceptance. In the coming weeks, we expect to be granted the option for further manufacturing," explains Decker. On the whole, the order situation is currently promising, according to the Managing Director: "We assess the current order situation very positively but always against the economically challenging setting of high international cost pressure and competitive constraints. It remains a balancing act.”
Focus on the rail segment
The fact that MFL is on target economically is also due to the railway segment: Here, the traditional company has established itself as a reliable partner - with many advantages that do not only focus on the economic perspective, as Decker explains: “For our employees, the concentration of our company on sustainable rail vehicle technology means the certainty of having a meaningful job in a modern enterprise with a secure future. This future-orientated focus helps us to ensure that our highly qualified specialists enjoy working for us," explains the Managing Director.
”Top of Styria“ award
The overall future-oriented focus of the company was also recently honoured in the course of the "Top of Styria" award initiated by the Styrian Chamber of Commerce: Decker was voted second in the category “Production” and thus took home a piece of the Dachstein mountain in the form of a trophy. However, the MFL decision maker dedicates his personal success to the employees: I am very proud that I was allowed to accept this notable award on behalf of all MFL’s dedicated employees. The commitment of each and every single one of them is the backbone of our company and the key to our joint success,” says Decker.