Saarland location celebrates 50th anniversary

Anniversary at Festo’s largest production and logistics site 

Festo in Saarland turns 50

The Saarland success story offers reason to celebrate: in 50 years, the St. Ingbert-Rohrbach site has grown from 50 to around 2,800 employees. And it will continue, because we will be investing around €40 million in the location in the coming years.

In 1968, Festo bought a 4.3-hectare site with a production hall in St. Ingbert-Rohrbach, directly on the A 6 motorway. In the meantime, the area has increased more than tenfold, and a nationwide special feature makes the location unique: the two parts of the plant on the right and left of the A 6 motorway are connected by an underground tunnel.

There are actually four Festo locations in Saarland: the world’s largest logistics centre, or CSC for short, the plant where electric and pneumatic drives as well as cylinders and specific customer solutions are manufactured, and the Festo learning centre in Saar in St. Ingbert and Festo Polymer GmbH in Hassel.

Ceremonial event

The anniversary was celebrated with a ceremony on 26 September with around 200 invited guests, including Anke Rehlinger, Minister of Economic Affairs in Saarland. On 29 September the employees celebrated in the ‘Alte Schmelz’ industrial cathedral, a monument from the heyday of the steel industry.

How it all began

The success story began in 1968 when Festo bought a production hall in Rohrbach on a 43,000-square-metre site. On 28 September 1968, the production of cylinders with approximately 50 employees started in Rohrbach. In order to guarantee the best possible training, a separate training workshop was inaugurated in 1969. In the 1980s, the Rohrbach plant grew strongly and in 1993 it was extended to the other side of the A 6 motorway.

The Festo plant premises in 1969 in Rohrbach with two production halls, a distribution centre and the training workshop.
The Festo plant premises in 1969 in Rohrbach with two production halls, a distribution centre and the training workshop.

The training workshop in Rohrbach was inaugurated in 1969; there were eight trainees at that time, and today there are 121.
The training workshop in Rohrbach was inaugurated in 1969; there were eight trainees at that time, and today there are 121.

Festo learning centre

In the 1990s, the idea was born to open the constantly growing internal training to the general public and to offer vocational basic and further training externally as well. The Festo learning centre in Saar was opened in 1994 and today covers the region’s industrial basic and further training needs.

The Festo learning centre in Saar was opened in 1994.
The Festo learning centre in Saar was opened in 1994.

In 2017, an anodising facility was built at the Rohrbach plant for the surface treatment of components.
In 2017, an anodising facility was built at the Rohrbach plant for the surface treatment of components.

Festo Polymer GmbH – Excellence in Production

The Customer Service Center (CSC) logistics centre was also established in 1994 to directly supply customers throughout Europe. Today, the CSC Rohrbach logistics centre ships over 40,000 order items or 15,000 packages all over the world every day. In 2015, the former Performance Centre for the production of rubber and plastic parts was transferred to Festo Polymer GmbH with its own plant in Hassel. Here, plastic components are produced by injection moulding. Festo Polymer GmbH won the overall Excellence in Production competition, making it the best tool manufacturing company in the German-speaking region in 2017.