Christian Schneider knows the way through the plant like the back of his hand. With rapid steps, he crosses the production shop of his employer voestalpine in Dettingen and heads for the door of a meeting room. The machines that he passes on the way are humming, hissing, clicking, and roaring. 750,000 parts made of steel and aluminum are produced in the Alb hills of Southern Germany every week for the automotive industry: punched and formed parts such as oil pans, but also complete group assemblies, gear and safety parts, as well as components that provide protection in the event of a collision. With its 700 employees, Dettingen is an important location for voestalpine Automotive Components. Car manufacturers can obtain everything from development work to large-scale manufacturing and quality assurance from a single source.
Christian Schneider is director of production. With a staff of 250, he is responsible for serial production and ensures that operations run continuously and smoothly as far as possible. The primary goal? “Fault-free and efficient production,” says the 38-year-old, because breakdowns and outage ultimately cost money.