The phasing out of fossil fuels such as coal and oil is becoming increasingly important in view of the ever more extreme weather phenomena. In order to achieve specified climate targets and to limit or reduce CO₂ emissions, the use of renewable energy is essential.
The Herz Group with its sectors biomass systems, heat pumps, control systems and insulation materials supplies the products for the required measures. Herz in Pinkafeld is the Herz Group’s competence center for biomass systems and heat pumps. Especially in the field of biomass systems, Austrian technology is a world leader, and national and international demand for these products is rising accordingly. Products from Pinkafeld are in use from North America to Europe and Japan.
In order to meet the increasing demand, Herz invested around 8 million euros in Pinkafeld, thus doubling its production capacity. Storage and production areas were increased from 12,000 m² to 18,000 m². In addition to doubling capacity, this also made production processes more efficient.
Also, with the expansion of the production site, another 50 jobs were created in the company.
At the ground-breaking ceremony on Friday, February 18, 2022, Provincial Councilor Dr. Leonhard Schneemann gave the starting signal for this modern and innovative expansion project, which further upgrades the southern part of Burgenland and secures the production site in Pinkafeld.
Just over 7 months later, Herz Energietechnik celebrated the opening of the completed factory extension with an “open day” at the end of September. In the last few months, around 6,000 m³ of soil has been moved, over 5,000 m³ of crushed stone, more than 2,500 m³ of concrete, over 400 m³ of glued timber and over 1,300 m³ of insulating materials has been processed. In the 22,000 working hours invested by the Kohlbacher company, the production area of Herz Energietechnik was enlarged from 12,000 m² to 18,000 m².
In the course of the event, Herz provided insights into the new as well as into the existing production hall as well as into the in-house training centre. Interested parties were thus able to marvel at the production chain of Herz biomass systems and heat pumps from prototype construction to final assembly and final testing.
The official opening was also celebrated with a blessing and an official ceremony, and there was also something offered for younger guests.
Provincial Councilor Dr. Leonhard Schneemann as well as Mayor Mag. Kurt Maczek were on site again and congratulated warmly on the opening. “The investment in the Pinkafeld site is an enormous added value for the region and strengthens Burgenland as a business location,” said Provincial Councilor Dr. Schneemann.