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17. October 2018

INACORE: The Future of Core Production begins in Ergoldsbach, Germany

INACORE: The Future of Core Production begins in Ergoldsbach, Germany


INACORE, the modern core-making company, celebrated its official opening on Friday, September 21 nearly 100 guests from politics, business and the companies R. Scheuchl GmbH and Laempe Mössner Sinto GmbH were welcomed to the new core production. The two managing directors, Dr. Udo Dinglreiter and Andreas Mössner, introduced INACORE in their speeches, while the political representatives especially emphasized the importance of the company for the region. Greetings to the guests present were directed by Rainer Haselbeck (President of the Government of Lower Bavaria), Peter Dreier (District Administrator of Landshut) and Ludwig Robold (Mayor of Markt Ergoldsbach). The major customer BMW also attended the opening ceremony with two representatives: Konrad Schweiberger (Head of Planning, Light Metal Foundry − BMW Group) and Christian Huber (Head of Production, Light Metal Foundry − BMW Group) spoke to the INACORE representatives.

INACORE is a joint venture of the two medium-sized family businesses Laempe Mössner Sinto and R. Scheuchl and was founded in April 2017. Starting in mid-2017, the new INACORE GmbH built its own core production with most modern standards in the Jellenkofen/Ergoldsbach industrial park (Lower Bavaria). The contract for the inorganic bonded sand cores comes from the BMW plant in Landshut, where structural components, engine blocks, cylinder heads and electric motor components are produced in one of the world's most modern light metal foundries. In terms of human resources and finance, INACORE acts independently: The company is financed by shareholders' equity as well as debt capital from banks, solely bearing the investment costs in a double-digit million amount. The production target for INACORE in the coming years includes more than 1.5 million core packages for BMW.

Six core shooters operating in three shifts from January 2019
The starting signal for the BMW order was launched on schedule at INACORE in January 2018 after just eight months of preparation. A total of six LHL30 core shooters are used. Furthermore, Laempe supplies the complete sand preparation (including a double mixer LVM15 at the heart) as well as sand silos and sand conveyors. The air-conditioned core warehouse technology, the plant infrastructure and the overall project management come from Scheuchl as a specialist for casting plants, desanding systems, casting finishing, LDS coatings and sand reclamation. Currently, more than 20 employees and the six machines are producing in two-shift mode. From January 2019 on, three-shift cycle will be scheduled. INACORE has occupied two halls in Ergoldsbach for the new state-of-the-art core production. While production takes place in the first hall, the second hall is used for the air-conditioned storage of the sand cores and the necessary raw materials.

Focusing on "Core Production 4.0" – with maximum data transparency
Laempe and Scheuchl bundle their existing skills for building up a state-of-the-art core production for INACORE. In a first step, this involves equipping the joint venture with an efficient logistics concept, most modern machine technology including robot automation and sand processing. "In a second step, there are also considerations to install a sand regeneration system. Then we will be able to establish a closed-loop process circuit for BMW together, "explains Ulf Scheuchl, Managing Director of R. Scheuchl GmbH. The main focus of INACORE is on data transparency as one of the fundamentals for the realization of "Core Production 4.0", which is the long-term goal of INACORE. Today, the company already offers 100% parts tracking and data transparency of all machines and systems. In addition, INACORE is fully networked with the BMW warehouse. As a short-term next step, INACORE plans to implement the automated warehouse by means of a driverless transport system and automatic storage and retrieval by the end of 2018.

Laempe and Scheuchl: two strong partners
According to Laempe and INACORE Managing Director Andreas Mössner, the BMW contract should be the beginning of a new success story: "The thrust is clear: We are joining forces to open up a promising business segment – another important milestone in achieving our growth targets." For Laempe, INACORE acts as a "living showroom" that can greatly support the global marketing. In addition, it serves to gain an even better customer view and to gather new ideas for innovation. R. Scheuchl, Laempe and their INACORE team were able to convince the BMW managers in their search for a strong partner for external core production. The automotive group belongs to the customer base of both companies, as well as other industry leaders. Based in Ortenburg near Passau, R. Scheuchl's clients include also Audi, Porsche, Toyota, Peugeot, Citroën, Honda and Tesla in addition to BMW. The company was founded in 1962 and focusses on developing, planning and implementing customer-specific solutions in the areas of casting plants, desanding systems, casting finishing, LDS coating and sand reclamation systems.

Laempe Mössner Sinto is the world leader in core production technology in the foundry industry. As an innovative all-in-one solution developer, the long-established company offers a comprehensive range of automatic core shooters, gassing devices, sand mixers, sand preparation systems, and subsequent core treatment solutions as well as networking and intelligent control for the entire core production.

The two companies fit together very well for this task: "Of course we know each other in the industry and as innovative family businesses, Laempe and we share the same values and corporate philosophies," says Dr. Udo Dinglreiter, Managing Director of R. Scheuchl and INACORE. And together, Laempe Mössner Sinto and R. Scheuchl are now working on the future of core production and the subsequent foundry processes, as digitization and Industry 4.0 are being implemented in the province of Lower Bavaria: "Our aim is to develop INACORE into the benchmark in the industry," explain Dinglreiter and Mössner. "We have now passed the establishment as well as the start-up phase of INACORE. Our next goal is to further increase our efficiency and to further implement our digitization approaches. Moreover, we also want to win more customers for INACORE."

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