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Röchling invests in Haren

Ground-breaking ceremony at Röchling in Haren: (from left) Hartwig Bleker (General Manager Marketing & Corporate Communication), Christiane Schomaker (Schomaker & Henschel, Architects), Berthold Henschel (Schomaker & Henschel, Architects) Hans-Bernd Wilken (General Manager Technical Services), Florian Helmich (Managing Director Production & Engineering), Franz Lübbers (CEO), Dr. Joachim Brunswicker (CFO), Markus Honnigfort, Mayor of Haren, Dr. Axel Höfter (General Manager Corporate R&D), Dirk Aikes (CFO)

Investment in the future: The new “Industrial Center” at the Haren location will be opened in 2020

New Managing Director Production & Engineering is introduced

Haren, 3rd July 2019 – Röchling Engineering Plastics SE & Co. KG invests in the expansion of the location in Haren. With the "Industrial Center" a new building is being built, which will, above all, strengthen Röchling's powers of innovation. The research and development department “Corporate R&D” will move into new offices in the “Industrial Center” and, with the new opportunities, will be focusing its work on the development of new, innovative products. The “Industrial Center” will be finished in the Autumn of 2020.

Franz Lübbers, Member of the Management Board and CEO Röchling Industrial, explained: “We want to remain the global innovation leader in plastics. We are investing almost 9 million euros into the infrastructure at the Haren location, of which almost 8 million will be in the Industrial Center. This will set the course for further growth.” The new “Industrial Center” will be receiving an impressive entrance area in which guests from all over the world can in future be welcomed at Röchling. In addition to the generous entrance area, an exhibition area is planned which will provide information about Röchling, the products and applications and the location. Large, representative conference rooms with modern presentation technology are planned, as well as new offices.

Among others, the new rooms will be moved into by the new research and development department “Corporate R&D”, which has been further expanded over recent months. Corporate R&D is the central development department of the Industrial division which is managed from Haren. Corporate R&D bundles and coordinates all research and development activities across the 42 global locations in the division.

“The new opportunities will enable Corporate R&D to better dedicate itself to the current development issues. The department is to increase efficiency and take on upstream development issues, define and pursue core areas,” explains Franz Lübbers. In the medium term, the department is to be increased from 10 to 15 or 20 employees. In order to push ahead even harder with the development of new products, material inspection and quality management will also be receiving new rooms in the “Industrial Center” in future. “This will clearly facilitate the cooperation such that we will be better able to meet the requirements of our customers,” explains Dr. Axel Höfter, General Manager Corporate R&D.

New Managing Director Production & Engineering for Haren

The company used the ground-breaking ceremony of the “Industrial Center” as an occasion to introduce the new Managing Director Production & Engineering for the Haren location. From 1 July, Florian Helmich will be taking on this role as a member of management for Röchling Engineering Plastics SE & Co. KG, Haren. In his new role, he will be managing the operational business and brings with him many years of experience.

Helmich started his career in 1994 at Röchling as a machinist in extrusion. After part-time studies alongside working in the technical marketing department, he took on various projects in Germany and abroad before taking on responsibility as General Manager for the pressing plant section in 2007. In 2012, he became Managing Director of the company Röchling Maywo GmbH, Bad Grönenbach, acquired by Röchling at the time. Since 2017, Helmich has also been Business Unit Director of Production & Engineering Composites.

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