Just under 12 months ago the construction of the new Tondach plant at the Csabai site near Békéscsaba began with the symbolic first spade cut. With the opening ceremony on the 27th March 2009, the new clay roofing tile plant Csabai II was now put into operation officially by the Hungarian Secretary of State for National Development and Economy, Sándor Burány, and the Chairman of the Tondach Group, Gewerke KR Franz Olbrich.
The ultramodern clay roofing tile plant achieves a production capacity of around 30 million large-sized pressed interlocking tiles and around 2.5 million accessory tiles per year. That corresponds to about 3 million m² of roof area or around 15 000 roofs of average single-family houses. Tondach is represented in Hungary with six production sites. Due to the new clay roofing tile plant the capacity is increased there by just under 70%
The new Tondach roofing tile plant Csabai II
Tondach has invested around 15 000 million HUF (approx. 50 million €) in the new construction of this gigantic, modern plant in Hungary. The new production hall was built in record time and, with an area of about 25 000 m², offers sufficient space for the latest production technologies. Beside the new preparation plant for the clays, the new three-mould presses and the robots used here correspond to the state of the art. With a length of 235 m, the tunnel kiln is one of the largest of its kind in the world in relation to its technology. High operational security, low energy consumption and exemplary safety and environmental standards add up to create economical production and long-term customer benefits.
“We are very proud of the fact that, with our Tondach team and our suppliers, we have managed to realize this Tondach mega-project within this time span. This is a historical moment for all of us, for the employees and customers alike, for with this new Tondach plant at the Csabai site we are creating new dimensions on the Hungarian roofing market”, commented Chairman Franz Olbrich.
The investment for the new plant was realized partly from funds of the European Union. Tondach Magyarors-zág has received 500 million HUF (approx. 1.5 million €) as a grant from the Euro-pean Development Fund within the scope of the “New Hungary Development Plan“ to implement this project in Hungary.
With the new natural red, engobed and glazed clay roofing tiles Tondach is creating new roofing dimensions. Twist, Bolero and Rumba are the three new products which set new standards with a cover requirement of around 9.3 tiles per m².