Is wind powering the supply industry?
The Wind Energy Suppliers Forum and the Jäger Group demonstrate the importance of wind power to suppliers.3 Mar 2015
Jäger Gummi und Kunststoff GmbH (JGK) has become an institution at HANNOVER MESSE (Hall 6, Stand D16). This medium-sized company exhibited at the world’s leading industrial show for the 61st time in 2014. During this period, its business has changed dramatically. In addition to automotive, machine and plant engineering, environmental and agricultural technology and petroleum exploration, this Hannover-based owner-operated group of companies has tapped another sector:
Major names such as Enercon, Nordex, Siemens Windenergie, Vensys and other wind power plant manufacturers are on JGK’s client roster.
Rubber to metal spring elements to control vibration, silicon molded parts and profiles for nacelle sealing, sealing profiles for nacelle and spinner panels, extrudates as flow aids in supply lines and ready-made hoses with fittings for rotor blade manufacturing – the list of wind energy products from Jäger keeps on growing. "Our own manufacturing is especially well positioned for wind energy and continues to evolve," says Sabionski
The company maintains a particularly close relationship to Enercon, Germany’s largest wind power plant manufacturer. Jäger’s factory in Oldenburg has been supplying buffer elements, stamped parts, profiles, edge protection profiles and coated rollers since 1992. In 2005, components for rotor blade manufacturing followed – today there are more than 30 articles in the kanban system. In 2007, ten articles were launched in mechanical plant engineering – today there are over 50 articles in the kanban system. EDI was introduced in 2010.
Together with developers at Enercon, JGK is on the lookout for solutions for new installations and components. In addition to new products, the company creates assembly and tool designs that are customized to the particular solution. Existing solutions are also constantly being reexamined and improved by Jäger. Furthermore, models and/or parts for prototypes are generated and readied for series production. Jäger has even provided Enercon with its own warehouse from which it can supply manufacturing operations just-in-time all across Europe as well as North and South America.
Jäger Gummi & Kunststoff is an excellent example of the close relationship between wind power and the supplier industry, but there are many more: Salzgitter, Sapa, Metawell, Gaugler & Lutz, Hutchinson, AcelorMittal Ringmill, Brinks Metaalbewerking and other exhibitors at Industrial Supply have wind power components to thank for a significant portion their sales.
This fertile relationship is expressed at the Wind Energy Suppliers Forum, which has been organized by Deutsche Messe and Maschinenfabrik Wagner/Plarad since 2013. This special event in Hall 4 at the Suppliers Convention has quickly become a favorite with the public. On April 15, Dr. Vehip Kaci, Head of Industry Systems at DMT, will present the transformation of his company from a mining to a wind power specialist. Dr. Walter Holweger of Schaeffler Technologies will describe measures against "White Etching Cracks". Peter Mikoleizik, engineer at Siempelkamp foundry will talk about SiWind, a new high-tensile casting material for large components. And Uwe Mennebäck of Stemmann-Technik GmbH will present "Slip Ring Transmitters for Rotating Energy and Data Transfer”" at the Wind Energy Suppliers Forum.
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