Moving closer to the customer, encouraging innovation and using market potential more effectively: Ronald Weber, the new chairman of the GRASS Management, has set the course for growth and profit for the manufacturer of fittings in Höchst.
After a slow year in 2011, with a growth in sales of just one per cent, the order situation in the first few months of 2012 has developed more positively for GRASS. In particular the U.S. business but also the German market is showing good signs. In 2011 GRASS invested more than 30 million Euro, with nearly 6 million Euro spent on the new logistics location in Götzis.
The New Logistics Facility Makes More Room for Production.
The new logistics hall in Götzis is part of an extensive investment programme. GRASS-owner Würth has invested a three-digit million amount since the take-over in 2004, mainly for modernising the two Vorarlberg production sites at Höchst and Götzis. The new building in Götzis, with an investment volume of nearly six million Euro, replaced the old dispatch hall and comprises a modern logistics hall, including a high-bay warehouse. Using state-of-the-art technology, both internal logistics and distribution logistics have been improved. Weber is convinced that “the new hall is going to increase the efficiency in producing the innovative GRASS sliding system Dynapro”. He considers the close cooperation of the former competitors Götzis and Höchst an important task. “Especially as I came from ‘outside’, it is my aim to combine our energy and to make my contribution that the people working at our two sites continue to grow together under the roof of GRASS group.”