25 years of plastics processing at Roth in Wolfgruben
Matthias Donges, Managing Director of Roth Industries, congratulated all the staff in his speech and thanked each and every individual for their commitment on behalf of the Roth family.
He used his speech as an opportunity to look back at some of the milestones in the last 25 years of plastics processing at Roth.
Roth Plastics Technology is a company in the Roth Industries group and employs over 1,000 people worldwide. All Roth's plastics processing activities take place at its centre for plastics technology expertise in Wolfgruben. The company controls the development, manufacture and marketing of customer-specific plastics systems and Roth container solutions from this site. The manufacturer, with its core competencies in the plastics processing techniques of injection moulding and blow moulding, has access to the Roth Group’s various production sites both in Germany and abroad in order to make this possible.
As a full service supplier, Roth in Wolfgruben uses injection moulding processes to produce plastic components. The range of services offered covers everything from developing components in collaboration with the customer to manufacturing and finishing complex assemblies. In addition to well-known international companies, including several in the automotive and domestic appliance industries, Roth Plastics Technology also supplies companies in the Roth Group with plastic goods.
Looking back, the company’s history began long before its present incarnation was established 25 years ago. The company was founded in 1974 as a simple tool manufacturer, with two employees and a production area of 300 square metres. It specialised in manufacturing moulds for plastics processing. In 1990, it expanded its activities to include injection moulding for the manufacture of plastic goods when it acquired the Gladenbach-based company Richter and integrated the Roth Group’s existing injection moulding processes. At this point, the company changed its name to Roth Plastics Technology.
Roth gradually expanded its production activities and logistics at the Wolfgruben site. Finally, the company increased its production and storage capacity in 2012, taking energy efficiency and environmental protection into consideration. The waste heat from the injection moulding machines is reused to heat the building. Newly installed photovoltaic systems with a yield of 132,000 kWh per year provide a partially autonomous power supply for the injection moulding processes.
Thanks to a pioneering approach to environmental management, Roth's Wolfgruben site meets the requirements of the EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) Regulation and has been awarded the EMAS logo. Herbert Blodig, Plant Manager at Roth Plastics Technology, told us: “Additional certificates such as the ISO TS 16940 and, above all, the positive feedback from our customers are testament to our company’s sustainable performance. This achievement is also thanks to our dedicated and qualified staff, who have helped us to build the foundation for continuous growth at our Wolfgruben site.”