Minister of Economics inaugurates additional production site for maritime suppliers

Glawe: Growing need for ancillary supplies to the maritime branch – increasing importance of innovate energy-efficiency solutions

No.397/18  | WM  | Ministry of Economics, Labour and Health

The new production site set up in Kavelstorf (rural district of Rostock) by Deckma GmbH, deck machinery and automation specialists, was officially inaugurated on Wednesday. Deckma GmbH ranks as a global manufacturer and supplier of products for the shipbuilding and offshore industry. “The new production site endorses the constant ongoing demands for ancillary supplies to the maritime sector. The Kavelstorf facility creates jobs for 10 new employees. Opting for this site is valid proof of the region being an attractive business location. Each newly established production facility and every single course of expansion makes a decisive contribution towards regional growth. This serves to safeguard existing jobs while also creating new ones”, commented the Minister of Economics, Labour and Health, Harry Glawe on site. In addition to the Kavelstorf plant, Deckma maintains other facilities in Bremerhaven (production) and Rosengarten nr. Hamburg (head office/production). The company provides work at all its sites for a total of 39 employees.

The company is a noted manufacturer catering for the global needs of the shipbuilding and offshore industry and meets demands for energy-saving solutions

Deckma GmbH was founded in 1974. The company’s product portfolio includes technical and decorative luminaires, headlights and heating systems as well as explosion-proof light fixtures. The production range also features fire-alarm systems, automation technology, control systems and navigation lanterns in addition to complete lighting systems. “Increasing importance is coming to be attached to the subject of energy efficiency also in the shipbuilding sector, especially in terms of innovative and energy-saving solutions applied to lighting”, added Glawe.

The Kavelstorf site is occupied by a factory building with offices and social rooms. This provides adequate space for project-planning and production operations as well as logistics. Capital expenditure has also gone into modern office and communication technologies. The production workstations are complemented by tools, forklift trucks, storage racks and packaging lines.

On-site support has been provided by the Ministry of Economics

Total investment in the Kavelstorf site has involved capital expenditure amounting to approximately 1.5 million Euros. The Ministry of Economics has partially funded the project with a grant of some 400,000 Euros under a joint scheme for improving regional economic structures.

The maritime branch in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

In Mecklenburg-Vorpommern the maritime industry is an industrial core business comprising ship- and boat-building sectors and maritime ancillary suppliers as well as marine and offshore engineering. It employs a workforce of some 11,500 employees and boasts a turnover of around 1.5 billion Euros. Going by employment figures released at the end of September, six major shipyards established in MV provide jobs for 3,510 employees in Wismar, Rostock-Warnemünde and Stralsund, the Neptune Shipyard in Rostock-Warnemünde, the Peene Shipyard in Wolgast and the Tamsen Maritime Shipyard in Rostock with another 350 young persons undergoing training. In addition to firms specializing in ship- and boat-building, maritime equipment suppliers and service providers are also active in this branch, this increasing the number of enterprises involved by a further 140 which in turn creates approximately 5,000 high-quality jobs. “The maritime industry with its shipyards, ancillary suppliers and service-providers make Mecklenburg-Vorpommern a highly important and future-oriented branch”, concluded Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s Minister of Economics, Harry Glawe.