Central to the corporate branding of SMS group are production of core components and pre-assembly in our own workshops. Included here are not only our German facilities in Hilchenbach and Mönchengladbach, but also a continually growing network of international workshops. To ensure top final product quality, we will continue to manufacture know-how-intensive core components in Germany.
Our plants in China and India produce special products as well as solutions tailored to individual markets. You and your partners benefit from our expanding local presence that gives you fast, fuss-free service wherever you are. We remain focused on our role as a global technology leader shaping the future with design and manufacturing excellence. Optimized work flow processes and efficient production solutions ensure shorter lead times so you get top quality, reliable, and high-performance products.
Siegerland is an old iron region. This is where the origins of the SMS group lie, with the foundation in 1871 of forging company Carl Eberhard Weiss. Who would have thought then that this would lead to the SMS group of global players? Today, the Hilchenbach production plant ranks among the most modern anywhere in the world.
It all started in 1872, when the Meer brothers founded an engineering factory in Mönchengladbach. Today, the location benefits more than ever from its traffic-favorable situation for heavy-load transports: There are two traffic hubs practically on the doorstep - in the north-south direction: freeway 61, and in the west- east direction: freeway 52. Also nearby is Krefeld, where heavy components are loa- ded onto barges on the river Rhine, taking them ultimately to customers worldwide.
The new SMS manufacturing and service workshop in Bhubaneswar, state of Odisha, equipped with machinery of the latest state of the art, is strategically located close to our customers. Most of them are within a range of some 300 kilometers. Especially conveniently located are the marine ports of Paradip (140 km) and Vizag (400 km), in close proximity of the plant. Via this gateway, our manufacturing shop will be able to also supply products to markets outside India.
Deployed on site in Shanghai are German manufacturing specialists as well as qualified staff responsible for supplier management. There is a total of 300 employees working in Shanghai. Ranging over 26,000 m2 the site lies 5 km to the west of the river Huangpu. Each of the four assembly halls is 15 meters high, and together they offer 17,000 m2 of floor-space. Crucial to the smooth operations here are the options of reconditioning parts in the machining hall or quickly procuring new parts from the workshop's own parts store.
First and foremost, our modern workshops are dedicated to producing core products and components from the SMS group range. But it's also usual for us to take on external production orders, e.g. in the following fields:
- Complex manufacturing of large parts
- Small series up to a unit weight of 5 t
- Mechanical drive components
- Complete transmissions
- Hydraulic systems and pipe systems
- Assembly of components for machine tools and for general plant and machinery construction
We will be happy to answer any questions you may have, also during a personal meeting if you wish.
Consequently, SMS ensures top welding quality with employees who are experts in welding many different materials together. To carry out their work, they use welding machines for perfectly even seams. Our production shops hold the manufacturer's qualification for welding works according to certificate EN 1090-2 (comprehensive qualification certificate) as well as the extension according to DIN 15018. It's an approval which confirms that we meet all safety and quality assurance requirements for welding steel constructions.
Totaling more than 70 systems, our machine tool park is tailored to the specific requirements of heavy plant construction. Included on the shop floor are machining centers, turning and milling centers, center lathes, boring mills, and a gantry-type portal milling machine for machining large parts as well as modern grinding machines that produce high surface qualities.
Depending on the order, our teams pre-assemble or fully assemble the various products in several assembly halls. The heavy components assembly hall can handle components weighing up to 250 t, and with additional hydraulic equipment, we can even move loads of up to 400 t.