In January 2020, the construction work to expand the operating plant in Ratingen by establishing a second site in the immediate vicinity of the current company head office began as originally planned. A mild and relatively dry winter meant that the general contractor was able to start all work according to schedule.
The most visible progress was, of course, made in the first few months of the year, when the building structures for both the production hall and the additional new office building were constructed. Here, progress was obvious almost from day to day. We are particularly pleased that so far, none of the companies involved has been affected by Corona-related delays.
All shell constructions have been completed in the meantime and the interior design activities have already begun after the summer months. In fact, M&C’s building project is right on schedule, and it is becoming increasingly certain that the target completion or handover date envisaged for the end of 2020 along with the start of operations scheduled for the end of the first quarter of 2021 have been set quite realistically.
At present, the procurement activities are well underway in order to bring all building sections in time into an operational condition, particularly in terms of production technology. Due to the corona-related lockdown and the widespread limited working hours at many companies, longer delivery times are realistic and the time buffers created at the beginning of the construction project will probably have to be used - real delays are not to be feared.