Bürstner expanding manufacturing facility with new chassis hall

Leading German motorhome manufacturer Bürstner has broken ground on the construction of a new chassis hall at its Kehl, Germany-based manufacturing facility. The new 2,600sqm hall will be directly located in front of the point where the new production line starts – with chassis from Fiat, Mercedes and Citroen set to be the models running through it. 

The breaking ground ceremony was attended by three of Bürstner’s managing directors – Jens Kromer, Olaf Sackers and Alexander Kasteleiner – as well as Bürstner chairman of the works council Thomas Heidt. Work on the hall is scheduled to be completed by July 2021 and forms part of the Springtime Project – a comprehensive restructuring effort by Bürstner involving the company’s two production sites, one in Kehl and one in Wissembourg, France. The project, which began in September 2020 and is scheduled for completion in the autumn of 2022, encompasses conversion work, relocations and the same optimisations at both facilities. Some of the sub-projects of Springtime include value stream and space optimisation, new production line implementations, the introduction of a modern logistics concept and also the establishment of a production line in Kehl for furniture, which was previously for the most part manufactured in Wissembourg. This will unlock new possibilities for expanding the production of the new compact van Copa at the French site.

Olaf Sackers said: “The project name 'Springtime' symbolically stands for a new beginning. It will set Bürstner on course towards more modern, more efficient and even more high-quality production processes. We will become more competitive by being able to produce considerably more flexibly - and will create even more secure jobs is the region.”