Plenty of space for niche players

Jakob Thaler GmbH is a successful producer of machines and accessories for laying underground cables. In Bad Bramstedt the company found a new 13,200 sqm home – and the best conditions for its continued strong growth in its niche sector.

What colour is “Made in Germany”? At Jakob Thaler GmbH it’s bright blue – RAL 5015 to be precise. This is the shade the company uses for its cable pulling winches, cable trolleys and rewinding machines. With a pulling force of up to 20 tonnes, the machines are used to lay underground cables – from microcables as thin as a single hair to thick bundles of fibreglass. “We’re still very much producing a niche product,” explains company director Brigitte Loose. But it’s in this niche area that the company has been able to so successfully establish itself. Business is booming, particularly due to the continued rollout of fibreglass. It’s not only German energy and civil engineering companies using their products. It’s customers in the US, Saudi Arabia and Finland too, who value the quality of the company’s products and its reliable service. Jakob Thaler GmbH makes over half of its turnover abroad.

The gateway to the world – right on your doorstep

With the former 3,000 sqm production site in Elmshorn stretched to its limits, the company started looking for new commercial space. “Our most important criteria were a good price, plenty of room for growth and above all great connections,” explains Brigitte Loose. For Loose, the proximity to Hamburg’s port and airport were particularly imperative. Spare parts are regularly shipped to Dubai, Kuwait and Houston; even entire machines are flown to the most remote areas of Alaska.

Ready for handover in record time

NORDGATE proposed the company a vacant 13,200 sqm plot in the new industrial estate in the north of Bad Bramstedt. After making initial contact with the relevant building authority, everything proceeded very quickly: Barely a year had passed when the first foundation stone was laid, and only a year later the keys were handed over. “In other regions every community does things in its own way. At NORDGATE contacts are always in the know about all the available plots and everything goes through the proper channels,” says Brigitte Loose. For Jakob Thaler GmbH the move to Bad Bramstedt also means returning to its old roots: In 1964 its predecessor company was founded just a few kilometres away. Now the site at Hunenkamp 6–12 houses a large-scale production hall, a paint shop, a high-bay warehouse and a fibre optic cable test circuit as well as administration and training rooms. Immediately after the move the firm secured an additional 2,000 sqm expansion, earmarked for a further storage depot.

Quickly does it – even on two wheels

Jakob Thaler GmbH felt in good hands with NORDGATE from the get-go: Brigitte Loose, company director, explains: “We couldn’t have received a more personalised service. With short communication channels we were able to see to everything, from the planning phase right through to commissioning the build, without the need for lots of paperwork. It really was a stress-free service all round!” Former head of the building authority Udo Reinbacher would even pedal by the commercial premises on his way to work every day: “He was pretty much as in the know as we were about how the build was progressing!”

Relaxed today, fit for tomorrow

And while business may be booming: Jakob Thaler GmbH is in no way ready to take things easy in its successful niche segment. In its trade-oriented business dealings, too, industrialisation 4.0 and digitalisation are presenting major challenges. However, Brigitte Loose, who herself cycles to work from the neighbouring area every morning, looks ahead to the future with a calm gaze. “In the NORDGATE region we are perfectly positioned for at least the next 20 years!”

  • International best-seller: cable pulling winch on a trailer
  • A big heart and big plans: company director Brigitte Loose
  • The administration building and the production hall
  • Handy accessories: cable duct reel for cable laying
  • Approved for use: fibre-optic cable test circuit
  • Here customers put the micro-fibreglass cable injection technology to the test.
  • State-of-the-art electronics: cable pulling winch measuring device
  • Full pulling force for up to 2,000 metres of cable

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