"Someone who worked here ten years ago no longer recognises the factory," says Rob Ramaekers, CEO of LAG Trailers. He is standing at the production line in front of a VALK Welding welding robot that was recently put into operation. Every year some 2,000 tank trailers roll out of the factory in Bree (Belgium) where 420 people are employed. LAG Trailers is the largest producer of aluminium tank trailers in Europe.
Ten years ago, LAG, which is part of the large Chinese transport vehicle manufacturer CIMC, started an impressive optimisation process. The company outsourced the production of hundreds of components to other companies in the region. It also divested a range of ancillary products to focus entirely on the construction of tank cars in which it has specialised since 1947.