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    Components in demand for cooling and heating technology: GEA invests EUR 5.5 million at the Prenzlau site 

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    Stefan Kittendorf (Machine Operator) explains and demonstrates Thomas Strotkötter (Heating & Refrigeration Technologies, GEA), Tobias Länge (Managing Director GEA AWP) and Hendrik Sommer (Mayor of Prenzlau) the new CNC machining center. (Photo: GEA)

    GEA is investing around EUR 5.5 million in the modernization of production at the GEA AWP site in Prenzlau until 2026. By expanding its capacities, GEA is targeting further growth in the important market for heating and cooling technologies.

    As part of this project, seven older machining centers will be replaced by new models. The new CNC machining centers and lathes enable a reduction in machining time of up to 20 percent and a reduction in set-up times of up to 70 percent. In addition, the new machines save valuable space in production and can be used for other purposes. Another important advantage of the new machines is the improved ergonomic situation for employees. The first new milling machining center went into operation at the end of 2023.

    GEA AWP Managing Director Tobias Länge says: “At GEA AWP, efficiency and flexibility in production and development are top priorities. We convince our customers with products of the highest reliability for trouble-free operation of their plants.”

    Staff positions at the GEA AWP site in Prenzlau to be increased
    The investment in the new machines is also linked to an increase in production jobs at the GEA AWP site in Prenzlau. Around 20 additional production employees in machining, welding and logistics are to be recruited by 2026. GEA AWP site manager Tobias Länge says: “Recruiting these employees will not be easy due to the shortage of skilled workers. Nevertheless, we are convinced that we will be able to attract qualified employees from Prenzlau, the Berlin metropolitan region and the federal states of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in particular.” And he adds: “The opportunity to work in a globally successful company and an attractive workplace are the plus points that we can offer applicants.”

    The mayor of Prenzlau, Hendrik Sommer, points out the importance of GEA for Prenzlau. “GEA is an important employer for the people of Prenzlau and the entire Uckermark region. Training young people in professions such as office management assistant, warehouse logistics specialist and cutting machine operator is also a top priority. I am delighted that a successful, globally active company is based in our town.”

    Further information can be found on the Internet at gea.com.

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