Vertical Integration Exemplified with Erkelenz Tube Center

Michelle MachenMauser News, Industrial Solutions, International Packaging, Large Packaging

Mauser Packaging Solutions utilizes vertical integration in various parts of the manufacturing process. One example of successful vertical integration can be found at our Erkelenz, Germany Tube Center.

Since opening in 2009, the Erkelenz Tube Center has produced the metal tubing used to create IBC cages. The manufacturing process in Erkelenz begins by using a slitter to cut steel coils. The slit coils are then welded into a round tube. Completed tube is shipped to IBC manufacturing facilities where it is welded into the IBC cage. Tubes manufactured in Erkelenz are used by Mauser facilities in Brazil, France, Germany, the Netherlands, South Africa, and the United States. Over the past 10 years, more than 768 million meters of tube has been manufactured at the tube center. Placed end to end, these tubes would reach the moon and back.

Currently, two tube lines are in operation in Erkelenz. An additional building and tube line are under construction and are scheduled to begin operation in early 2021.

Speaking to the value of the tube center, Les Bradshaw, Executive Vice President of Procurement & Logistics, commented, “The tube center in Erkelenz creates value for Mauser Packaging Solutions by not only improving our control of the process but also reducing costs.”