8,500 m² effective floor space in Hennigsdorf
When complete, the new motor plant in Hennigsdorf will have an effective floor space of 8,500 m². The production area will accommodate the assembly, metal processing, fabrication and winding workshops, paint shops and three state-of-the-art test fields. In addition, there will be roomy offices, logistics zones and storage areas. Completion of the new plant is scheduled for summer 2023. All administrative and production workplaces are to be relocated by January 2024.
The move heralds a new era for our motor company, which was founded in 1927. Menzel manufactures three-phase asynchronous motors with squirrel cage or slip ring rotors up to 20 MW and DC motors up to 2 MW. We offer several powerful own-brand motor series, and we specialize in customization as well as identical replication of existing motors. Menzel keeps various motor versions up to 15 MW permanently in stock and adapts them at short notice for a wide variety of applications and locations.
Laying of the foundation stone
The ceremonial laying of the foundation stone took place on June 11, 2022. More than 200 guests were present and watched as the managing directors of MENZEL together with the project manager Paul Bernhardt, the mayor of Hennigsdorf Thomas Günther and Mathias Jordt from the construction contractor Vollack bricked in a time capsule. The Vollack Group, an expert in methodical building conception, oversees planning and construction. Read more and watch the film of the of the foundation stone ceremony!
The sky is the limit
Now that the foundation pits have been excavated and prepared accordingly, the heavy-duty trucks with the prefabricated ferro-concrete columns are rolling into Hennigsdorf.
The supporting structure for the office building and the halls is being erected piece by piece, and soon the true dimensions of our new plant will become apparent.
Columns and trusses are being erected bit by bit
In the meantime, the first ferro-concrete trusses have been lifted by crane into place and assembled. They connect the columns to each other. So the "skeleton" of the buidling will soon be ready.
A dry summer in Germany is allowing the work to progress quickly, even if the hot summer temperatures are making the teams on site sweat a lot.
The first wall is up!
Construction work is progressing well and the first wall of the new workshop is already in place. In addition, the foundation for the three-story office building has been poured. In the future, this will house all offices, a canteen as well as changing rooms and sanitary facilities.
The walls of the northern hall are in place
The walls of the northern production hall are almost all in place, revealing the size and ceiling height. In parallel, the foundation pits for the prefabricated ferro-concrete columns for the southern hall are being prepared.
In the foreground, the first walls for the office building are being placed. A three-story office building, the main entrance and a cafeteria will be built here.
This is what the facade will look like!
During today's site inspection, we were allowed to take a first look at the exterior facade of our new factory halls. In the picture you can see the northern production hall.
The facades consist of so-called finished steel sandwich elements, which will be installed horizontally. The elements consist of an outer and inner formwork of micro-lined steel sheets and an insulating core. The color of the outer facade is RAL 7016 anthracite. The height of the attic is 11.65 m.
First floor of the new office building completed
Now all supporting columns for the southern factory hall are in place. In addition, the first floor of the new office building is complete and the facade segments for the 1st floor have already arrived. It won't be long now before our employees can take a look at their new workplaces on site.
Foundation for the new load test field
Here you can see the two meter deep concrete foundations for our new load test field. In the near future, routine, type and system tests will be carried out here - also for external customers and electric motor brands. We test electric motors, generators, synchronous machines or transformers, converters and motor systems.
Paramenter of the new test field:
- Test voltage: up to 13.200 V
- Frequency: up to 120 Hz
- Power: up to 2.300kVA
- Crane capacity: up to 80t
- Hook height: 7,5m
- Two test beds: 12x5m and 9x3m
The first walls of the upper floor are in place
In the meantime, the second floor of the office building is finished and the first walls of the upper floor are in place. Soon we will be able to invite our employees to walk through the future halls and offices for the first time. This will be exciting!
The southern factory hall is also already getting its outer facade consisting of so-called, finished steel sandwich elements. The elements consist of an outer and inner formwork of micro-lined steel sheets and an insulating core.
Topping-out at new Menzel motor plant
Only six months after the laying of the foundation stone, we celebrated the topping-out of our new headquarters on 16 December 2022. The ceilings were completely closed and, as it is a tradition in the German construction industry, a topping-out crown now graces the building. A real carpenter and employee of the executing construction company Vollack held the topping-out speech dressed in traditional carpenter's uniform from the top of the scaffold. No easy task in sub-zero temperatures! A toast to the builders, the craftsmen and the architects!
Menzel employees enter the new plant for the first time
After the official ceremony, our employees were allowed to enter the buildings for the first time and see the dimensions for themselves: 24,000 m² plot will accommodate approx. 8,500 m² of production area, along with spacious offices and a cafeteria. The new factory will feature the capacity to manufacture and test larger, heavier drive systems.
The floor plate is being made
Meanwhile, the roof of the hall has been totally closed. Now the floor plate is being made, which is a very intense physical work. Besides that, a lot more is happening right now, e.g. all the awnings on the outer facade are being installed. And also our future test field is taking more and more shape. So it's definitely worth checking in here from time to time to see the progress.
The interior work begins
Now that the first partition walls in the office building have been erected, it is time for the final selection of materials for floors, walls, kitchen and furniture fronts. Not an easy task, considering how many options there are and how large the market of materials is. Our employees can look forward to the results!
For your questions, please contact Paul Bernhardt, business unit manager and construction project supervisor Menzel Elektromotoren GmbH, Tel: +49 30 349 922-140 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.