Bosch Packaging Technology invests €13m in expansion of Crailsheim plant


The move will create up to 70 jobs and include a new assembly hall and office building; it will also create the foundation for future growth

Bosch is investing €13m to expand its plant in Crailsheim, Germany.

The location is the headquarters of Bosch Packaging Technology’s pharmaceutical business unit, a supplier of process and packaging technology for the production of liquid and powder pharmaceuticals.

The move will create up to 70 local jobs by 2013 and increase the total number of people employed at the site to around 900.

An assembly hall with 6,600m3 of floor space is to be built by the end of 2012, which will include a new technology centre. It will provide room for the manufacture of large-scale installations for the sterile filling and packaging of liquid pharmaceuticals.

By mid-2013, a new office building comprising around 2,200m2 will be ready for occupation, providing working space for up to 130 people.

‘This expansion means that we will continue to be able to satisfy the rising demand for high-performance installations and thus create the foundation for further growth,’ said Friedbert Klefenz, president of Bosch Packaging Technology.

In the current financial year, he said the Crailsheim plant would report a 12% increase in sales compared with the previous year.

A biogas plant will provide heat to the new assembly hall and office building, helping to reduce CO2 emissions. Wood pellets will also be used, which means that Bosch covers around 75% of its heating requirements at Crailsheim with climate-neutral fuels.

The new building will also feature a modern ventilation system, which will ensure a heat recovery rate of 94%.