In the summer of 2011, Kempf and KNAPP signed the first contract for the construction of a semi-automatic empties-sorting system, in Offenburg, which was the starting point of what has become a strong partnership.
The installation was developed as a point of reference for the empties-management sector within the beverage industry. A growing assortment in this sector, coupled with an increasing percentage of reusables in circulation, demanded a professional solution for empties management.
KNAPP developed the concept with Kempf to provide the following advantages for Edeka customers: create transparent processes and real-time, accurate crediting of deposit values on a bottle basis for all local stores; secure a reliable partner for modern, efficient beverage crate-sorting; plan for future growth; create capacity for adaptation to the fast-changing conditions in the beverage market; and realise a reasonable degree of automation.
After the successful start-up in the spring of 2013, the partnership was extended. In February 2014, development of the next shared project, located in Heddesheim, commenced. The opening of this second empties-sorting system, on 1 May 2015, represented another milestone in the partnership – the project realisation was exemplary and ahead of schedule, which was a testimony to the expert, professional cooperation of both parties, as well as optimal interpersonal communication.
With their current negotiations for another location, in Balingen, Kempf and KNAPP are expanding on their successful partnership. Software for booking deposits has been planned, and will be realised and introduced within the next two years.
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