LIQUI MOLY has inaugurated a new additive production building at its headquarters in Ulm, Germany.
The company, renowned for its automotive lubricants and additives, has invested 8 million euros in this expansion. The new facility includes three advanced additive dispensing systems and expanded office space, marking a pivotal moment in the company’s growth trajectory.
Managing Directors Günter Hiermaier and Dr. Uli Weller officiated the opening of the new building, which promises to boost LIQUI MOLY’s output capacity significantly.
The new machines are set to increase the maximum production from 346,000 to 481,000 cans per week, a 40 percent rise. Hiermaier underscored this expansion as a critical milestone towards achieving a joint sales target of 1 billion euros.
“These investments are a commitment to the Ulm site and thus to Made in Germany. We create more jobs and give people a long-term perspective,” says Hiermaier. “LIQUI MOLY is a modern employer. People should and must feel comfortable working here with us. This is what we demand of ourselves.”
That’s why 200 square meters of space were created for state-of-the-art offices on the third floor, in addition to the 400 square meters of production space spread over two floors, the company says.
The investment breakdown reveals 3.4 million euros allocated for the turnkey building, 3.1 million euros for the dispensing systems and 1.4 million euros towards conveyor technology and packaging robots. These new additions, fully operational next year, are essential for producing additives that enhance fuel efficiency, reduce emissions and extend engine life.
Hiermaier expressed gratitude to the dedicated workforce and Jörg Murawski of Würth Elektronik for their support throughout the project. Würth Elektronik bought LIQUI MOLY in 2018.
“Würth gave us free rein in all decisions, and at the same time security and also a lot of know-how,” Hiermaier said. “Würth supported us in all phases of the project, and strengthens us with profitable cooperation and trust in our chosen path.”
Since its relocation to Ulm’s northern area in 1978, LIQUI MOLY has grown from a local entity into a global brand, available in 150 countries and employing over a thousand people worldwide. Hiermaier, reflecting on his 33-year journey with the company, shared his vision for continued growth in the face of evolving automotive markets. He anticipates sustained demand for combustion engines alongside the rise of electric vehicles, supported by data from Frost & Sullivan projecting increased oil demand up to 2040.
The expanded facility is poised to enhance production capacity from 18 million to approximately 25 million cans annually. The replacement of older machinery with more efficient systems signifies LIQUI MOLY’s readiness for future challenges and growth.
“The ‘little additive shop’ with just 30 employees, at which I started 33 years ago, has become a company that generated 800 million euro in sales in 2022,” Hiermaier said. “Even after 2035, the majority of the vehicle fleet will still be powered conventionally. After all, the market for combustion engines continues to grow in parallel. This is often forgotten.”
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