Global engineering group Cavotec has officially opened its new world-class production facility near Milan, which is set to ensure the Group’s manufacturing and supply chain excellence in the years ahead
Some 150 guests attended yesterday’s (Tuesday, 29th May) opening ceremony, among them key customers, suppliers, partners, local officials and dignitaries, and members of the media. Cavotec Board members and Management team were also present, including Cavotec Group’s new Chairman Patrik Tigerschiöld, the Chairman of Sweden-based long-term industrial investor Bure Equity AB, which is Cavotec’s biggest shareholder.
Following a series of keynote addresses, including by Group CEO Mikael Norin, who took over from Ottonel Popesco last July, Cavotec Italy CEO and Group CTO Patrick Rosenwald, Honorary Chairman Stefan Widegren and local dignitaries, guests were taken on a guided tour of the facility.
The new 17,000 m2 plant, located less than one kilometre from the original and much smaller (Cavotec Specimas) facility in Nova Milanese, features the latest in sustainable building materials and technologies, including the capacity to generate 230 kW of solar power. It is also equipped with geothermal heating and there is plenty of natural lighting through the roof structure. The facility has 2,730 m2 of office space, 12,264 m2 devoted to engineering and production and a 2000 m2 central warehouse with high bay storage. There is also a dedicated R&D testing area, including a full-scale test rig for cable reels, with cable movements provided by conveyors. The plant has a payroll of more than 160.
“Not only are we opening a state-of-the-art production facility, we’re opening a new chapter in the Cavotec story,” said Norin. “These premises will ensure that we build the manufacturing and supply chain excellence that will see Cavotec realise its full potential and become a truly global industry player.”
Cavotec Italy is one of the Group’s seven centres of excellence worldwide. As part of the Ports & Maritime Division, Cavotec Italy focuses primarily on developing and manufacturing shore power solutions for ships and ferries, MoorMaster automated mooring as well as crane electrification solutions such as cable reels and automated plug-in systems (APS) for E-RTGs when they have to change lanes. Cavotec has also developed a battery pack for E-RTGs as a replacement for onboard auxiliary diesel gensets when the cranes change block and have to be disconnected from the grid.
Cavotec Italy is now also the global engineering and production centre for Cavotec connectors and plugs, a business segment that was previously based in Sweden.
Work-in-progress during the factory visit included wide parallel-lay power and hose reels for a coal yard stacker/reclaimer, a slipring assembly for Huisman’s next generation mast cranes, rotary fluid units for Mantsinen hydraulic cranes and a 2 x 20t double pad Moormaster unit for a ferry terminal in the Nordics.
Cavotec is organised into two divisions, Ports & Maritime and Airports & Industry. Norin said that a third division, Services, would be in place by the end of the year, to support the development of after-market business across the two production divisions. The head of the new division will be Patrick Baudin.