Schütz Nordic: Even more efficient thanks to central plastics production and optimised intralogistics

Velkommen! On 29 August 2019, the Schütz plant in Norway celebrated its latest expansion and modernisation measures at the site in Kongsvinger, around 100 kilometres northeast of Oslo, along with more than 100 international guests. The entire local production of plastic components has been concentrated and expanded in a newly-built hall space covering 1,200 square metres. In addition to the extrusion blow moulding system already in place, a new three-shift layer extrusion blow moulding system was installed and inner container production was linked to IBC assembly via new, fully-automated conveyor technology. Production of plastic pallets has also been relocated to the new hall complex with the result that plastics production is now all under a single roof.

During a plant tour, the guests were able to gain an insight into manufacturing which consistently follows the most stringent environmental, safety and quality management guidelines. This project was realised parallel to expansion. One interesting detail for the customers: thanks to this infrastructure upgrade, just-in-time orders can now be realised even faster. Another component of the expansion process: a new, fully-separate warehouse which also meets the highest standards of the foodstuffs industry in accordance with FSSC 22000. Considering the weather conditions in Northern Europe, this means that finished products no longer need to be stored outside. Furthermore, it also guarantees perfect, order-based storage in line with customer orders, providing customers with even more reliability of supply and flexibility.

Growing customer figures, long-term partnerships

Veit Enders, Business Unit Manager EMEA Schütz, and Erik Platek, General Manager Schütz Nordic, welcomed representatives from the areas of industry, business and politics. Numerous international customers representing a wide variety of sectors also took up on the Schütz invitation and were thanked by Enders in his speech for decades of mutual trust and ensuing long-term partnerships. At the same time, he emphasised the significance of the Nordic countries – an extremely important market for Schütz right from the very start, where the company has meanwhile also established itself as the largest reconditioner. The competence displayed by Schütz in reprocessing containers and reusing recovered plastics is a key component of the company’s sustainability strategy.

Platek also expressed his gratitude to those present for the prevailing long-term and successful business relationships. On the company’s 20th anniversary, he reviewed the development of the Norwegian location. His outlook for the future promises continuity and steady expansion by means of ongoing investment. In her welcoming remarks, Margrethe Haarr, the Deputy Mayor, praised the company’s efforts and the positive effect it has on the business region as a whole. After all, Schütz Nordic is one of the most important employers in the province of Hedmark and has made an essential contribution towards its development.