German OEM, Kässbohrer, recently held a factory tour and technical conference with Technical Road Transport Association (TRTA) members at its biggest production facility in Adapazari, Turkey.
During the two-day visit TRTA was presented with an extensive tour of the Adapazarı campus and had the chance to observe the developments since their first visit in 2007.
TRTA was founded in 1982 and represents the interests of Dutch trailer rental companies and trailer fleet owners with regard to the legal and technical aspects of their equipment registered in the EU and has 27 members. In close collaboration with its members
and suppliers, TRTA aims to share knowledge and initiate innovations in the field of road transport and logistics.
Managing the production of Europe’s widest product range, in four different mega factories under one giant roof, Kässbohrer established its onsite R&D centre and in-house KTL and water treatment facility.
Constant improvements on safety, quality and efficiency exceeding €50 million were carried out including production automation, IT infrastructure and R&D capabilities.
TRTA members visited the recently completed new Low-Bed factory which features industry 4.0 production infrastructure including RFID tracking latching crane systems, integrated paint shop and metallisation capabilities. Members observed product testing being carried out in the R&D centre as well ATP certification at the test centre.
Kässbohrer also hosted a future of the heavy duty transport technologies talk with an award winning truck manufacturer as well as with members from its own award winning R&D team. During the talk, participants exchanged constructive ideas on the state of sustainability of the transport sector, alternative power trains as well as digitalisation.
TRTA Chairman, Rogier Laan, and Kässbohrer Board Member, İffet Türken, shared their thoughts on the continuation the valuable industry partnership.
“As TRTA, our aim is to make international connections and to continue our innovation program,” said Laan.
“Our partnership with Kässbohrer continues since 2007. We had the chance to see the developments in the campus and observe the quality of products and production techniques.
“Discussing the future with Kässbohrer as an actor in the global supply chain, we believe to collectively address industry’s current and future challenges more effectively,” he said.
Türken highlighted the value of sharing knowledge for future developments.
“Towards the next 125 years, Kässbohrer values industry partnerships to guide the industry towards sustainability and effectively manage the digital transition,” she said.
“We greatly value TRTA members’ expertise in business and in technical matters and sincere feedback.
“We were honored to host them in our state of the art Adapazari campus and will continue to develop technologies, products and services for the industry and the environment.”
Kässbohrer’s other production facilities are based in Goch and Ulm in Germany, Tula in Russia.
The concept of four mega factories in one campus is quite inventive. For German trailer builder, Kässbohrer, the evolution of this plant from when it first opened to now is particularly impressive, considering the manufacturer produces the widest range of equipment in Europe that meets the needs of general cargo, cold chain, intermodal, construction and liquid and bulk goods transportation sectors.