Company expansion creates jobs and boosts competitiveness

A new range of refrigerated containers produced in southern Germany is benefitting the environment by creating less waste and using less energy.

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A company in Dornstadt-Tomerdingen which specialises in constructing refrigerated vehicles has expanded its premises and started to produce refrigerated containers as a result of an ERDF co-funded investment programme.

The project led to the 40-year-old Kiesling Kühlfahrzeuge company expanding its factory from 5 000 m2 to 8 000 m2. Prior to the factory’s expansion, the company produced its range of refrigerated containers (otherwise known as reefers) abroad. Moving construction to Germany has allowed the company to expand its workforce from 61 employees to 95.

Sustainable construction methods

Construction work on the company’s new range of reefers is carried out to high environmental standards and the reefers have been designed so that metal, wood and insulation foam can be easily recycled. This is achieved by making the insulation foam easily detachable from the metal face sheets. The reefer box bodies produced at the factory use less energy than previous models and less waste is produced. By reducing the weight of the new reefers, there is also less fuel consumption.

Project manager Peter Kiesling said that the factory expansion had made the company more competitive as a result of which the company had started exporting its reefers. Sales increased from 900 units in 2006 to 1 150 units in 2011.


Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Förderung des Unternehmens Kiesling” amounted to EUR 3 000 000, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributed EUR 100 000 from the “Baden-Württemberg” Operational Programme for the 2007-2013 programming period. 


Draft date

08/05/2014