Automotive component supplier Behr favours particularly reliable solutions
Behr, a system partner to the international automotive industry for vehicle air conditioning and engine cooling systems, turned to two intralogistics partners for its plant in Neustadt an der Donau: ground conveyor manufacturer Still and battery charging systems specialist Fronius. A shrewd move, as demonstrated over a number of years.
From a family business to a global player
Behr GmbH & Co. KG specialises in vehicle air conditioning and engine cooling systems. Its headquarters are in Stuttgart. From its humble origins in 1905 as a small family business, Behr has grown to become a global supplier to the automotive industry. The company is a leading international OEM for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.
Neustadt an der Donau has been home to a Behr manufacturing plant since 1987. The facility supplies components, modules, complete systems and large assemblies to manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Porsche, Daimler and Volvo.
Approximately 1.35 million air conditioning units leave the factory gates every year. As a result, the traffic volumes for goods-in and goods-out, as well as the internal transport of materials to and from the production halls, are particularly high. All material transport is performed using ground conveyors, i.e. 17 electric forklift trucks, five small tugger trains for transporting small parts - each comprising an electric tractor unit and three trailers - and two tiller-controlled electric lift trucks.
Every single battery charger for the forklift batteries is supplied by the Austrian manufacturer Fronius. Battery charging systems with 'Active Inverter Technology' - an intelligent charging technology - have been mandatory for Behr Neustadt since 2001. This stipulation has been in place ever since Behr managers learned of this charging technology from a local automobile manufacturer and were advised to try it for themselves.