Werner & Mertz invests 30 million EUR

Reinhard Schneider, owner Werner & Mertz and Günther Lehner, owner of ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG, give the official starting signal for production in the "L8" by pushing on a red button
Reinhard Schneider, owner Werner & Mertz and Günther Lehner, owner of ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG, give the official starting signal for production in the "L8" by pushing on a red button

Reinhard Schneider, owner Werner & Mertz and Günther Lehner, owner of ALPLA Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG, give the official starting signal for production in the “L8”. Source: Werrner & Mertz

The company invests 30 million euros in the construction of its new production building Mainz, Germany – the largest single investment in the history the cleaning agent company. According to the holistic-sustainable company philosophy the new building is characterised by a sophisticated sustainability concept.

Production can be doubled

Sustainable cleaning agents from the Mainz-based company are more in demand than ever: the “Frosch” brand sales rose 21 percent from 2016 to 2018, market share up 14 percent. Total sales of the Group amounted to 399 million euros in 2018. With the investment in the new production center, the company will be able to meet this growing demand. The first new production line worth 4.5 million EUR is already in operation – in the final expansion stage, the “Frosch” production can be doubled.

“Biggest recycling bottle production of the world”

Packaging manufacturer “Alpla”, which has been operating for years on the Werner & Mertz production site the transparent “Frosch” bottles are made from 100 percent old plastic, also moves into the new building, which in the future will be not only an on-site, but even an in-house manufacturing. “With the construction of the new production center, we are creating the biggest recycling bottle production of the world”, explains Werner & Mertz owner Reinhard Schneider. Already 266 million PET bottles made from 100 percent old plastic from household collections were produced and filled in Mainz (May 2019). Günther Lehner, owner of the Alpla Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG, explains: “We are delighted and we would like to thank you for the long and trusting cooperation with Werner & Mertz. For the state-of-the-art and efficient packaging production in the new production centre we have invested 13 million euros.”

Sustainable and energy-efficient construction

A great deal of importance was attached to sustainability in the construction of the new building. So the General contractor Karl Gemünden GmbH & Co. KG is responsible for the legally maximum amount of recycled concrete. The 4000 square metre area of the roof is divided into two third covered with 455 photovoltaic modules, which can be used, for example, to supply electricity of the chillers. Heat recovery and district heating are used to heat the building, among other things.  The entire building is equipped with LED in the corridors, toilets and changing rooms, the lighting will be equipped with presence detectors. The architect responsible for the construction, Holger Ries, explains: “A continuous and long-term plant structure planning is the foundation of sustainable planning. Werner & Mertz has been pursuing this goal for over 30 years. With the new building L8 the company documents his attitude towards a resource-conserving and environmentally conscious handling of property reserves.” The above measures make the new production building eligible for the KfW Efficiency House Programme 55 – for construction projects with the lowest possible primary energy requirement. The construction is supported with EUR 20 million, of which EUR 850,000 is a subsidy. “With the L8 building, Werner & Mertz has set an energy efficiency standard for storage and production halls that has hardly been undercut to date,” says Jens Fröhlich, Head of Subsidies at IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG.

Pleasant working atmosphere for employees

The social factors of sustainability can also be seen in the new production building: the office furniture is identical to the offices in the LEED Platinum certified head office, including sustainable office equipment and the free use of coffee machines and water dispensers. A continuously good and fresh indoor air quality is guaranteed by high volume flows. A total of 26 new parking spaces for electric cars with power charging stations are available for all employees directly at the construction site. A green view and an important contribution to biodiversity are provided by an internal roof garden, ground cover on the roof of the building and the greening of the north wall.

“Our production centre impresses with its sophisticated energy concept, excellent insulation values and highly efficient energy recovery. In addition, there is a pleasant working atmosphere for our employees,” Schneider sums up.

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