Krone builds Future Lab

German trailer builder, Krone, held a ground-breaking ceremony for its Future Lab Validation Centre at Lingen industrial park near the company’s headquarters last month.

In his speech, Bernard Krone, Managing Partner of the Krone Group, illustrated the objective of the centre which is to serve all divisions of the Krone Group.

“We want to pull all of the Group’s validation activities together in one central unit,” he said.

“The Krone Future Lab will provide validation of the technical appropriateness of all our product developments and homologate vehicles and machines to the requirements of individual countries.

“The Lab will also provide accurate service life certifications for vehicles, machines and axles and develop autonomous driving concepts. There are many interfaces within the various operations of the Krone Group and the new Lab will pool and synergise all this expertise.”

The new Krone Future Lab will cover an area of 13 hectares. The blueprints show a building which houses a machine hall, workshops, a testing hall with test rigs, and offices. The Validation Centre will reportedly help Krone satisfy stringent regulations and laws and the increasing demands on quality, functionality and usability of products. The first stage of the Future Lab project involves an investment of approximately €20 million.

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