Hymer opens chassis production facility

German brand Hymer is to become the first motorhome manufacturer to start mass-producing its very own chassis after opening a new production facility in Bad Waldsee. The company has been working on construction of its so-called Super Light Chassis (SLC) production hall for around two years, and it claims to be the first bodywork manufacturer to start mass-producing its very own chassis. It also means that Hymer’s centralised production will handle almost every crucial part of the value creation chain, as well as allowing it to respond faster and more flexibly to the current market situation and future changes.

Christian Bauer, president of Hymer GmbH & Co. KG., said: “Hymer has been known as a pioneer in the motorhome and caravanning industry for more than 60 years. By opening the SLC hall, we’re proud that we’ll become the first bodywork manufacturer to start actively producing its own chassis, which will enable us to take a truly pioneering step forwards.”

By opening its own chassis production hall, Hymer will be able to supply leisure vehicles that come from a single source – with the exception of the drive unit – for the very first time. Covering an area of 3,100 square metres, the newly built production facility combines a modern production line with adjoining logistics areas.

Hans-Georg Rauh, technical managing director of the company, added: “We’ve opted to build our own SLC production hall at our Bad Waldsee site to make us less dependent on suppliers and enable us to react more flexibly to emerging technology trends in the future. In-house production also gives us the opportunity to fine-tune the chassis to the bodywork, and to further develop them both as a single unit.”

Hymer also says that in the process of developing this facility it worked on a number of automated solutions that will provide better safety for staff members. It also offers better ergonomics, quality control and more precision when manufacturing motorhomes.

The facility is expected to be fully operational by June 2022, and Hymer will initially use it to produce the SLC chassis with five different wheelbases – starting with the short versions from 3.90 metres through to the tandem axle model for the B-Class MasterLine I 890, for example.

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