Schüco acquires a stake in AWB Aluminiumwerk Berlin
Schüco is taking a stake in the AWB Aluminiumwerk Berlin extrusion plant. The aim is to produce profiles with a significantly reduced CO2 footprint.
For many years AWB Aluminiumwerk Berlin has been a main supplier of aluminium profiles for Schüco International KG. Schüco has now deepened this long-standing partnership through strategic investment in the aluminium plant. Together, both companies intend to address strategic topics more intensively in the future, particularly in the area of sustainability.
For sustainable aluminium profiles
"AWB Aluminiumwerk Berlin GmbH has dedicated itself to sustainability in its own factory. We want to join this effort with activities of our own to contribute to optimisation along the entire value chain," said Dr. Walter Stadlbauer, COO/CTO of Schüco, explaining the investment.
Sustainability and innovation are the focus of the companies' joint cooperation. Looking to the future, alongside using standard aluminium, AWB is expected to produce billets with the two new aluminium grades Low Carbon (LC) and Ultra Low Carbon (ULC) aluminium which have a significantly lower carbon footprint. "On the basis of the long-standing, cooperative collaboration of the two companies, this is the logical step to better meet the growing challenges of the market and customer requirements," added Reiner Bachnick, Managing Director of AWB.
Processes are to be optimized
Both companies also profit from one another in regards to speed and flexibility when it comes to jointly creating new tools or quality management, for example. The goal is to further optimise the processes between the two companies so that the overall process of future collaboration can be even more efficient. "All of this comes down to benefitting our customers first and foremost," stresses Stadlbauer.
Based in Bielefeld, the Schüco Group develops and sells system solutions made of aluminium, steel and PVC-U for building envelopes. Its product portfolio comprises window, door, façade, ventilation, security and sun shading systems. Intelligent and networked products complete the range available for residential and commercial projects. Schüco also provides consultancy and digital solutions for all phases of a building project – from the initial idea through to design, fabrication and installation, as well as after sales with maintenance and servicing. Fabrication machinery and customer-oriented service complement the product portfolio. Founded in 1951, the company is now active in more than 80 countries and achieved a turnover of 1.995 billion euros in 2021 with 6330 employees.
AWB Aluminiumwerk Berlin GmbH
The family-owned company AWB Aluminiumwerk Berlin GmbH (AWB) that was founded in 2005 with its headquarters in Berlin Spandau is an innovative and technologically modern extrusion plant for precision aluminium profiles. With years of experience in extrusion technology, the company produces profiles to the highest customer requirements. AWB provides a range of services from profile fabrication according to specified customer drawings to technical services for new product development, consultation for product-specific packaging and complete logistics handling. This offer is rounded off by expert advice on securing the starting material. Around 130 people work at the Berlin Spandau location.
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