Minister Aigner inaugurates an innovative lime kiln and new mortar pad production facility at Franken Maxit
The Maxit headquarters in Azendorf (Oberfranken) are now being extended to include an additional production plant for mortar pads and an advanced lime kiln. At the ceremony on July 9, Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Ilse Aigner (CSU) inaugurated the buildings in front of about 1,000 invited guests. Thanks to the new plant, the mortar pads can be produced step by step on up to 27 production lines - previously there were five. With Maxit, up to 200,000 pads per day will soon be coming off the production line. That equals around 66 single-family homes.
"Our investment was necessary because we could no longer meet the demand with the previous number of units," explains Hans-Dieter Groppweis, Managing Director of Frank Maxit. The recently commissioned lime kiln is now providing additional energy efficiency and significantly increased lime burning capacity. At a height of almost 60 meters, it is a major feature of the "skyline" of the company site.
Franken Maxit's mortar pad has been on the market since the beginning of 2015, The demand for the dry mortar plates, which are distributed through brickwork manufacturers, was so great that Maxit is now expanding its production capacities significantly:
At maximum capacity, the Oberfranken-based mortar manufacturer would be able to produce around 200,000 mortar pads per day. Purely on the basis of calculations, 66 single-family homes could be built with the usual outer wall formats of 42.5 and 36.5 cm and the usual interior wall formats. To put things in perspective, Franken Maxit considers the delivery of around 50 million pads within a calendar year to be realistic. This quantity equals around 16,660 single-family homes.
Maxit also wants to look beyond the horizons of Germany: "First and foremost, we supply the domestic market with our production - and we are nowhere near finished with that. Nevertheless, we are also thinking about where good marketing opportunities for the mortar pad in other countries" explains Marketing Manager Reinhard Tyrok. Trademark protection for the mortar pad has also been applied for internationally and the European patent is underway. In addition, the simple use of the pad definitely qualifies it for use across language and practice boundaries. According to the company, around 200 construction companies are now trained in the correct processing. Maxit uses their feedback from the construction site for constant optimization: Currently, Maxit is working on a new version of the watering system that is also delivered, for example.
In addition to production of the mortar pads, a new lime kiln was also the focus of the last stage of investment. It is one of the most modern of its kind in Europe and now supplements the two existing kilns from the years 1973 and 1996. The main aim was to increase the energy efficiency and profitability of lime burning. For example, the new model increases the daily output of burned lime from about 60 to about 200 tons. Franken Maxit uses the waste heat in the colder months to heat the administrative building.
All of the investments are part of a large-scale expansion of the headquarters in Azendorf (Oberfranken). According to the company, some 20 million euros have been earmarked for modernization and expansion measures. In his keynote speech, former Bavarian Minister President Erwin Huber (CSU) highlighted Franken Maxit as an example of healthy cross-generational growth. Medium sized companies are indispensable as an economic motor and anchor for employment, added the current chairman of the state parliamentary committee for economy and the media, infrastructure, construction and transport, energy and technology. With the significant increase in production at the mortar pad, Franken Maxit is now consistently pursuing the path it began on.