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COMPANY REPORT        Stefan Dengler During the week of the anniversary, SDS took the opportunity to familiarise sales partners from around the world as well as em- ployees with the latest technological developments in a training course lasting several days. SDS has its origins in the engineering firm Dengler, which began producing mechanical and electrical parts for tyre testing sys- tems and other products for the circuit board industry in 1992. With the start of the series production of tyre testing systems in 1998, the company SDS Systemtechnik GmbH was founded in Althengstett, near Calw. Initially, a hall was rented and testing machines were built and installed with a handful of employees. In 1999 the construction of the first production hall and adja- cent office began. The building was the first in the newly created “Stammheimer Feld” industrial area and was built on the former field of Stefan Dengler’s grandfather. Following a rapid growth in space requirement, the adjacent pro- perty was purchased in 2004, and a second hall was built to ex- pand the assembly area. In 2013, a further hall was built to meet “It was important to us that everyone who was there (employees and families, family and relatives, friends, customers, suppliers) could enjoy a lovely evening together so that everyone could exchange ideas together and reminisce or discuss new projects,” the need for large OTR testing systems and the loading and shi- pping of the systems. Today, tyre testing systems, laser marking systems, conveyor technology and other measuring systems are manufactured in a production area of around 2000m2, which are sold almost exclusively into the tyre industry. A corresponding area for warehousing with two high rack systems provides spa- ce for parts and components for production and the extremely important supply of spare parts for the now over 600 machines worldwide. The company now has 25 permanent employees with over 2,500m2 of building space in Calw. In 2018 and 2020 the company purchased photovoltaic systems, most recently switching most of the lighting to LED technology and modernising the compressed air supply in the manufacturing plant. Meanwhile, a newly built paint shop processes paints that do not require elevated temperatures for processing. As a result, the energy requirement has been reduced by 30% in recent years and around 50% of the electricity requirement is covered by the company itself. Mr Pieritz from Illies in front of the history wall   P.19 

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