Increased capacity, increased efficiency and reduced waste – goals reached by Keller Kitchens
Keller Kitchens is part of the DKG Group; a Netherlands-based company which boasts one of the largest kitchen factories in Europe with a surface area of 65,000 m². In order to provide customers with a high-quality product, only first-class materials and the latest technologies are used.
Recently several major investments have been made so that the group optimises today’s technology, raises productivity, and remains at the forefront of the industry in terms of sustainability initiatives.
Panel cutting installation and off-cut warehouse
A Dual-Flex Saw installation was installed in December 2021 and became fully operational earlier this year. The impressive line, with a linked off-cut warehouse, features smart technology which enables single-piece parts to be produced with much less wastage. The new Dual-Flex installation is suitable for both small series and single pieces and can produce both laser edged and hot melt parts. This machine is linked to the existing sawing installation.
To further increase the capacity, two addition laser-based edge banding machines have been ordered for delivery in 2023.
Tall/special units’ line
The current production line for special units will be replaced by a new line that can produce more than double today’s capacity. The final assembly belt will be built as ergonomically as possible. For example, the tall units sink into the ground so the top of the unit can be easily assembled. This line is also expected later this year.
Climate installation lacquer department
In January 2022, new climate units were installed in the lacquer department so that humidity and temperature levels can be kept constant throughout the year. This investment ensures a constant lacquer quality because the outdoor climate no longer influences the indoor climate. An additional advantage is that employees also enjoy comfortable, efficient temperatures all year round.
Sanding and dust removal installation
The climate installation is the first of three major investments within the lacquer department that will be realised in the next few months. In the first quarter of 2022, a completely new sanding flutter machine has been installed and in the second quarter, a one-surface dust removal process for flat spraying will be installed. All three investments will contribute to improving the production efficiency and maintaining the quality of lacquered and stained kitchens.
In addition to the expansions in the factory, DKG is in the process of building a completely new head office in Bergen op Zoom. The DKG Inspiration Centre, a contemporary showroom has already been open for a year. With these investments, DKG is completing a period of renewal that started after the integration of Bruynzeel and Keller kitchens in 2015. At the end of this summer, DKG expects to be able to celebrate the opening of the completely renovated business complex.
Keller is well known for offering the widest range of colours (1950 NCS) and finishes in the kitchen furniture market – as well as developing different cabinet sizes and colours and being a carbon neutral kitchen manufacturer.
Keller Kitchens is proud to be a Carbon Neutral kitchen manufacturer and has been since 2017.
For further information, please visit www.kellerkitchens.com.