Optibelt Material Handling GmbH Expands its Rinteln Manufacturing Site for 1.6 Million Euros
New manufacturing warehouse with 1,300 square metres of floor area
Production and storage capacities doubled
Around 30 new jobs created
Höxter/Rinteln, 14 February 2017. Optibelt Material Handling GmbH, a subsidiary of Arntz Optibelt Group, just expanded its manufacturing site in Rinteln at a cost of 1.6 million euros. Although construction started just six months ago, work on the outdoor facilities is already in its final stage while equipment and racking systems are being set up inside. The new manufacturing warehouse at Im Emerten 11, which represents the final development stage, provides 1,300 square metres of production and warehouse space and creates 30 new jobs.
“Our main advantage is speed. Incoming orders are processed immediately, and our expanded capacities will soon enable us to meet client expectations for even shorter delivery times. The expansion also permits us to double our manufacturing and storage capacities again, so that we are set up to meet any development we might see over the next ten years,” said Volker Kettelhake, Managing Director of Optibelt Material Handling GmbH. He went on to say that the warehouse is also designed for sustainability because it features state-of-the-art thermal insulation and a photovoltaic plant to generate its own power.
The company develops and produces special custom belt drives for client-specific application areas based on polyurethane and rubber belts from the Optibelt range of products, and offers high-end toothed and flat polyurethane belts. Toothed belts are used, e. g., for transporting products during the manufacturing process. In addition to its standard line of polyurethane belts, Optibelt Material Handling specialises in custom-made products for corporate clients in particular. “What we offer our clients are customised belts with specific coating. There is a huge demand for it, most notably from European countries but increasingly from the Americas and Asian countries as well,” Kettelhake added.
Based in the West German town of Rinteln, the company increased its sales at an annual rate of around 15 percent in recent years. Today, the polyurethane belt segment accounts for roughly ten percent of the revenues of Arntz Optibelt Group. The site employs 70 staff at the moment. The jobs about to be created at the new manufacturing warehouse will primarily involve the areas of production, technology and commercial administration.