The result was a 12,000 square metre site that was built using Prima Power's most advanced manufacturing technologies with a view to creating one of the most modern sheet metal processing centres in Europe.
Biohort GmbH, based in Neufelden, Upper Austria, is one of the European market leaders in metal storage solutions. The product portfolio includes high-quality tool sheds, practical storage boxes for outdoor use, and other useful garden additions such as raised beds.
In as early as 1995, Dr. Josef Priglinger was entrusted with managing the production of metal storage sheds in the former standard steel plant located in Niederwaldkirchen. Two years later, he took over 100% of Biohort standard steel shares. Since then, the company has been under the Priglinger family’s control, namely jointly run by father and son - graduate engineer Maximilian Priglinger. “The products which our customers will enjoy for decades are created thanks to sophisticated design, high-quality materials from certified suppliers and Austrian premium processing standards. That is why, in all truthfulness, we grant a 20-year warranty against corrosion,” explains Maximilian Priglinger.
Immersed in greenery
The past two decades have been a true success story for Biohort. 15 to 20% annual growth rates, however, caused the production department in Neufelden to face ever greater challenges, also in terms of manufacturing capacity. To get prepared for the future, in 2016 it was therefore decided to build an additional production plant in the green countryside so as to fully meet production flows.
Biohort invested around 20 million euros in the new location, thus certainly opening another brilliant chapter in the company's success story. The ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the Herzogsdorf plant took place in July 2017. “Today, we are faced with the results and can rightly state that we own the most modern sheet metal processing plant in Austria,” said Priglinger with justified pride.
Rethinking production processes
“Planning the plant was not just about building a new hall. Manufacturing processes were rethought from start to finish and partly rescheduled. Then the building was built by leveraging on production steps - not the other way around. As a result of the throughput levels implemented, processes are extremely efficient,” reported plant manager Johannes Zauner, a graduate engineer who has headed the project from the beginning.
Last October, the line production was started with Biohort leisure time storage container boxes. The variety of products is planned to be gradually expanded. As a next step, for example, the production of LoungeBoxes, HighBoards, and raised beds will be relocated to Herzogsdorf. “We expect an annual processing volume of around 1,600 tonnes of sheet steel, which corresponds to around 50,000 items,” said Zauner. At the Neufelden site, a total of 7,600 tonnes are processed per year.
With our new production site in Herzogsdorf, we have the most modern sheet metal processing plant in Austria. By selecting Prima Power we are pleased to have chosen a system supplier with whom we were able to successfully handle such a large, challenging project, and who we can continue to rely on in the future.