Business partnership with Daifuku of Japan

Our parent company AFT Industires AG has formed a co-operative business partnership with Daifuku of Japan, aimed at leverangig the material handling expertise of both companies in the automotive industry.

Both companies will use this mutually beneficial business partnership as a way to open channels globally and secure growing demand an investment from automotive manufacturers.

Daifuku ist the world´s leading suplliert of material handling solutions for automotive, airport and industrial sectors. It has sites in 26 countries, employs over 10.000 people and generates mulit billion pound net sales.

AFT are looking forward to working with Daifuku on future projects

Skid roller-rail conveyor technology – New finish area for the Volkwagen plant in Hannover, Germany

AFT Bautzen received the order for the delivery and assembly of several skid systems for the transport of bodies at VW commercial vehicle plant in Hannover.

The contract consists of several subprojects. In the existing plant, more than 500 conveying elements will be upgraded to meet the challenges of the future and thus to bring them to a new technical level. Several plants will be interlinked and expanded to meet the changing needs of new vehicle generations.
More than 150 new conveyors will be delivered and assembled for the new finish area, with steel construction stages and new control systems.

New parking system for Volkswagen Wolfsburg

Scheme of parking system | Transport pallet

At Volkswagen’s headquarters, AFT Bautzen has installed a new automatic parking and sorting system for various vehicle types.

32 different types of vehicles are stacked over four floors in the tightest of spaces and can be specifically ejected for test and examination purposes.

Electric overhead monorail and skid roller-rail conveyors for the body shop of Volkswagen Zwickau plant (Germany)

In October, Volkswagen AG placed a major order with AFT for its conversion of the Zwickau plant to 100% electromobility.

The production site in Zwickau is to be rebuilt into the European center of competence for electric mobility of Volkswagen until 2023. Based on the modular electrification kit, only electric cars will be manufactured there in the future.

In order to be able to implement this project, AFT will deliver and install several electric overhead monorails and skid roller-rail conveyors for Volkswagen. Two new electric overhead monorails will be installed, and two existing AFT electric overhead monorails will be converted and extended. AFT will also realise the conversion and renewal of two skid roller-rail conveyors. In this project, AFT can draw on extensive knowledge and experience from successfully completed bodyshell work projects of the past three decades.

For AFT, this order is the biggest in the company’s history! AFT-Group CEO Heiko Hofmann is very pleased about Volkswagen’s trust in AFT: “With this order, we are proud to be able to play our part in making the Zwickau plant the European competence center for electromobility at Volkswagen.”

High-bay warehouse for Panem in Bleicherode

New order in the frozen food area at Panem Backstube

The company Panem Backstube is expanding its plant in Bleicherode with two new production lines and commissioning AFT as general contractor for the delivery of two new high-bay warehouses and the associated conveyor technology. The storage technology used consists of two channel racks, one of which is in the deep-freeze area at -28 ° C.

The storage and retrieval of pallets is implemented using a shuttle storage and retrieval unit. The connecting conveyor technology ensures that the finished goods pallets are transported from production to the warehouse and from there to dispatch.

The new logistics facility will go into operation in September 2021.

Floor lifter for the Mercedes plant in Kecskemét

The Mercedes plant in Hungary is expanded.

In May 2018, production of the B-Class in Kecskemét was replaced by the fourth-generation A-Class. The foundation stone for a new, fully flexible plant was laid in June 2018.
In the course of adapting the production systems, 7 vertical transfer units of the latest generation are manufactured and delivered by AFT Bautzen. These are required to connect the completely new production lines with the transport level above.

Electric overhead monorail system and rack storage for BMW Berlin, Germany

The BMW plant in Berlin is the main plant of BMW-Motorcycles. Since the late 1960s Motorcycles have been produced there.

Now, the production facilities is to be adapted to the latest requirements. So, the electric overhead monorail system (EMS), which transports the motors from the motor production to the assembly line for shoring, is now being completely renewed after 34 years of use.

In the future, the motors will be delivered on trays either directly to the assembly line or will be temporarily stored in a two aisle rack warehouse and accessed from there as required. The warehouse holds the motors on trays on 2 levels. It is approx. 2 m high and has 390 double-deep storing spaces.

We are pleased to have received this order from BMW, because we can look back on a long cooperation: As early as 1997, the driverless floor transport system, which allows the ergonomic assembly of motorcycles, was also supplied and put into operation by AFT. In 2015, the system was expanded to include additional vehicles.

AWT project – Connection to the new children’s and youth’s clinic at the Haukeland University Hospital

Source: Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen

The University Hospital Haukeland in Bergen is the largest hospital in Norway by number of beds and is also the largest employer in the region with approximately 12,000 employees. The building complex has already been expanded several times and adapted to the new requirements.

A new children’s and youth’s clinic has been planned at the Haukeland University Hospital since the late 1990s. In 2016, the first construction phase called BUS1 was completed and put into operation. By 2023, further construction phases (BUS2) will be finished.
The BUS2 project has a total gross area of approximately 50,000 m². The building consists of three underground floors (levels U3, U2, U1) and four above-ground building complexes of different sizes and heights from level 01 to level 06.
The route for the automatic container transport system (AWT) runs on the underground floors. The AWT-system is required, among other things, for the supply and disposal of waste, laundry and food. At the beginning of the 1980s, the AWT system was supplied and installed by Translift Schweiz AG. The facility has been expanded several times since then as the hospital complex has continued to grow. The last expansion took place in 2008 when the new laboratory building was connected to the AWT-system. This expansion has already been carried out by AFT Schopfheim.
Now the new children’s and youth clinic is to be connected underground to the existing AWT-system. AFT supplies and assembles 5 tons of steel auxiliary / suspension constructions, several meters of electric overhead monorail, various single and double switches, lifting / lowering stations, a total of 33 accumulating conveyors, 3 simple transverse transfer carriages and 1 transverse transfer carriage with rotating device.
The electrical system is contributed by Siemens Bergen.

Intercompany order for the BBA plant in Shenyang Tiexi (China)

In early June 2020, AFT Shanghai received an order to integrate new model series, including electric cars, into the existing body shop at the BBA plant in Shenyang Tiexi (joint venture with BMW, China).

Here the electric monorail systems (EMS) are expanded, new EMS vehicles are delivered and numerous hangers are adapted to the new requirements. AFT Schopfheim will carry out the engineering and purchasing of relevant purchased parts. All work on site in China, such as steel construction, manufacturing, assembly and commissioning, will be carried out by AFT Shanghai.

Modernisation of conveyor technology in the body shop at BMW Dingolfing, Germany

In October 2019, AFT Schopfheim received the order for modernisation measures at the body shop in Dingolfing plant.

Here the conveyor technology is raised to the new technology standard and thus made fit for a third runtime. In particular, all drive technology is brought up to date. Since the conversions are only possible in production-free time, the project will run for about 3 years.