Rockmore International, a global manufacturer of percussive rock drilling tools, has announced the opening of an additional manufacturing center. The $12 million facility, located in Judenburg, Austria, officially opened in January 2012. Along with its existing plant in the United States, Rockmore has effectively doubled its production capacity.
looking to the future of the industry and meeting the needs of our customers
for the next 20 years,” says Pejman Eghdami, executive vice president of
Rockmore International. “This new facility has streamlined and speeded our
manufacturing process, making it possible to provide better and faster service
and an expanded line of products.”
a 5.2-acre site in a new industrial park zone in Judenburg, Austria,
the new plant is 81,000 square feet, and features advanced heat treatment
equipment, automated CNC production machinery, and a state-of-the-art
laboratory and testing facility.
plant manufactures primarily drill rods for extension and tunneling drill rigs. Shank adapters, couplings and DTH bits also are
manufactured in high volume. Production capacity initially is targeted at
15,000 units per month, and can exceed 20,000 units as required.
building was designed with optimum manufacturing sequences in mind, so
production is streamlined and efficient. Each production line begins at the
delivery and pre-material warehouse, proceeds through its production sequence,
and ends at the dispatch warehouse, ready for shipment. With an eye on the
environment, this new plant conforms to the strictest European energy codes,
and incorporates the latest energy-saving systems. For example, a closed-loop
water recovery system utilizes the heated water generated by the production
machinery to provide the heating and cooling function for the entire factory
new European facility is centrally located with easy access to European
markets, as well as emerging markets in Africa and Asia,”
adds Eghdami. “We look forward to serving the growing rock drilling industry in