Bär Cargolift opens an innovative tail-lift factory in Lithuania

2021-05-04
Bär Cargolift opens an innovative tail-lift factory in Lithuania

German automotive tail-lift manufacturer Bär Cargolift has opened a factory in Lithuania’s Šiauliai Free Economic Zone. Together with large German manufacturers, such as Continental, REHAU or Hella, Bär Cargolift is one of the latest additions to the 30-year long Lithuanian-German partnership. The new plant in Šiauliai is estimated to reach 7 million euro of turnover by the end of 2022, and potentially 20 million in 2025. The company intends to employ approximately 100 members of staff at the facility.

A Unique Factory

Bär Cargolift is the second-largest automotive tail-lift manufacturer in Europe. These vehicles are an integral part of the supply chain, being used to load or unload goods packed on pallets and cargo trolleys. The company’s headquarters is located in Heilbronn, Germany. More than 15,000 tail-lifts are manufactured at its existing factory every year.

Built on 3.5 hectares of land, Bär Cargolift’s new factory in Lithuania is 9,500 square metres It has an A++ energy efficiency rating and is equipped with a special heating system, which uses less than 15 kWh of energy per year per square metre. Bär Cargolift has also vowed to only purchase electricity from renewable energy sources. Indeed, a significant proportion of such energy will be generated on the plant’s 185 kW solar rooftop.

At present, the facility employs around 40 workers. However, this number is set to gradually increase to 100.s Most of these employees are metalworking professionals and equipment operators, while in the future Bär Cargolift plans to establish an IT centre to develop technological and engineering solutions for improving tail lift controls.

What is unique is that the premise has a lot of natural light and lighting that minimises eye strain. Meanwhile, air temperature is maintained by the latest ventilation and circulation systems. The plant has automated folding and laser cutting processes. Besides, five robotic component welding stations in operation.

Lithuania is becoming an increasingly important partner for German companies

German manufacturers are choosing Lithuania as a destination for investment more often as the country has EU-leading higher education numbers. In fact, Lithuania has a very diverse talent pool, with over 41,500 engineering and 31,500 IT specialists. Plus, more than 40,000 students in these disciplines combined. Furthermore, Lithuania is ranked 2nd globally by Bloomberg for ‘tertiary efficiency’. And although international companies typically choose larger Lithuanian cities, Šiauliai FEZ is fast becoming a major manufacturing hub.

Set against the new industrial revolution, which invites further cooperation between EU member states, the economic relations between Germany and Lithuania are steadily intensifying. . This year marked the 30th anniversary of the resumption in diplomatic relations between Germany and Lithuania Both countries have achieved much during this period. For instance, there are now more than 90 German companies operating in Lithuania, employing over 70,000 staff. We look forward to more cooperation and prosperity in the future.

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