Melitta Bentz invented the coffee filter, applied for patent protection, and founded the company M. Bentz. In its anniversary year, Melitta Professional Coffee Solutions has now set a further milestone in the company’s history. On May 24, the company for coffee enjoyment in the out-of-home market celebrated the 11,111th commercial coffee machine produced at its new production and logistics site in Minden, Germany.
In 2018, Melitta Professional gradually relocated production of its coffee machines from Switzerland to Minden in order to continue on its growth path. Capacities at the company’s subsidiary Cafina in Switzerland were exhausted, while existing production halls at Melitta’s main base in Minden – not far from the International Technology Center and other corporate functions of Melitta Professional Coffee Solutions – were renovated and converted for their new use.
The celebrations were naturally held at the new coffee machine plant in Minden, starting at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019. Strong team work was demonstrated once again as Jero Bentz and Volker Stühmeier of the Melitta Group’s chief corporate management and members of Melitta Professional’s executive board jointly unveiled the 11,111th coffee machine produced in Minden: a Melitta®Cafina®XT6, which featured red side panels to mark the special occasion. Melitta Professional employees were then invited to add their signature to the special model, which will remain in the company as an exhibit. The fully automatic Melitta®Cafina®XT6 was the first of the internationally successful XT range, which now comprises seven models.
New capacities in Minden
The new capacities are spread over three floors of the building and offer around 17,000 square meters of space for logistics and production. A total of 230 people are employed there (as of late April 2019), with Melitta Professional creating 180 new jobs in Minden. The main production areas are pre-assembly, final assembly and the technical testing of coffee machines at 40 partially automated test stations. Flexible processes and demand-oriented material flow ensure that both individual orders and major international projects are processed efficiently. One assembly line is set up for each of the current product lines, and another for add-on modules such as milk coolers, cup warmers and payment systems.
Flexibility is also required within the lines in order to tailor the respective model to individual customer needs. Among other things, customers can choose whether they want one or two grinders, as well as one or two coffee bean, cocoa and milk varieties. A milk refrigerator can also be mounted on the side or under the machine. There are small or large milk coolers and combinations of cup warmer and milk refrigerator. In the out-of-home market, there is strong demand for such a variety of choice – with regard to both the beverages requested by guests and the tailor-made professional technology demanded by their hosts.