In order to better serve its customers and to be prepared for the future, major equipment supplier VIGAN is extending its manufacturing facility in Nivelles, Belgium, with a major extension of its pre-assembly hall.
A complete pre-assembly of all ship-unloaders and shiploaders is essential to guarantee quality and to prepare the future commissioning of the equipment at the customer’s site. VIGAN is committed to controlling the value chain from A to Z in its own facility, with its own qualified and experienced workforce: engineering, manufacturing, pre-assembly and testing, erection and commissioning, after-sales support.
Today, grain operators are handling bigger vessels, up to post- Panamax size at higher capacities. VIGAN continues investing in R&D and manufacturing facilities to offer handling equipment in line with market demand.
VIGAN’s current pre-assembly hall with (below), an artist’s impression of the extended facility.
?Today, all of VIGAN’s activities take place on the same 10,000m2 site in Nivelles, 30km south of Brussels. The use of the same location enables easy exchange of information among all departments including sales, engineering, manufacturing, quality control and after-sales technical assistance.
The current assembly hall of 50m × 20m span will soon be extended by an additional hall of 70m × 30m span, with lifting capacity of up to 50,000 kilograms.
In 2015,VIGAN installed 1,000 solar panels. This new hall roof is giving space for an additional 1,000 panels producing around 30% of the factory’s total need.
Work on the hall extension is due to begin in October 2017 and should end in May 2018, in time to coincide with VIGAN’s 50th anniversary celebrations.