To kick off his tour of Germany, which he had already announced in his inaugural speech, the country’s President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, visited Bavaria together with Elke Büdenbender on 26 and 27 April 2017. And Krones’ facility in Rosenheim was on his itinerary too. Krones’ plant in Rosenheim is the group’s second-largest production facility, and the region’s biggest employer, manufacturing packers and palletisers for all output ranges.
During a tour of the production halls, the President was briefed on the company and its operations. Cordial, visibly interested, and asking numerous insightful questions, he made a highly favourable impression on Krones AG’s Executive Board Chairman Christoph Klenk and board member Thomas Ricker, Plant Manager Dr. Helmut Schwarz and Krones’ Supervisory Board Chairman Volker Kronseder. Krones’ trainees and staff also found him friendly and approachable. Even though he arrived one hour late and was on a tight schedule, he nonetheless took plenty of time to talk to them or to be photographed with them. They lined the route that the President took through the plant – from the pre-assembly hall to the training centre, then the module production shop, all the way through to the final assembly zone.
For Krones’ facility in Rosenheim and for the company as a whole, with all its staff, it was a great honour to host the country’s President. The choice of Krones’ plant in Rosenheim, believes Plant and Divisional Manager Dr. Helmut Schwarz, is a fitting tribute to the facility’s evolution, since Krones is meanwhile a major economic in Rosenheim and the surrounding region, and draws its employees from an area extending far beyond Rosenheim itself. Krones in Rosenheim is vitally important for the company, as evidenced by the 100 million euros that Krones has invested in this facility over recent years.