Rational held a ground-breaking ceremony late November for the further expansion of its third plant at the German group headquarters in Landsberg am Lech. A new distribution centre is set to expand its global logistics division and create additional office space.
Rational is a technology leader in thermal food preparation and now employs around 2,300 members of staff, over 1,300 of whom work in Germany. RATIONAL units are produced at two locations: Landsberg am Lech, the home of the SelfCookingCenter and all of the combi-steamers, and Wittenheim in France, where the VarioCookingCenter is developed and produced.
All products relating to the combi-steamer – the product itself, along with accessories and cleaning agents – are to be dispatched from the new distribution centre to over 120 countries, serving specialist dealers all over the world and the company’s nine overseas warehouses. In addition, the building will house office space and meeting rooms. “Following the expansion of production in 2017 and 2018, we now need to create capacity for logistics and administration in order to sustain further growth,” says Dr Peter Stadelmann, Chairman of the Board at Rational AG.
The first lorries will be loaded up from the new dispatch hall following a construction period of around 18 months. “We are expanding Plant 3 to the north of the existing halls, covering an area of about 15,000 square metres. Around 20 million euros are being invested in buildings and facilities for that purpose,” says Peter Wiedemann, Board Member for Technology at Rational AG.
The company is creating optimum conditions for continued international corporate growth.