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Just in time for its 60th anniversary: Miele plant in Bürmoos has successfully repositioned itself

Bürmoos, July 1, 2022 No. 054/2022
  • After four years of reconstruction, the future of the site is sustainably secured

  • Eight million euros invested in state-of-the-art production and logistics

  • Position as supplier of high-quality stainless steel components further strengthened  

The Miele plant in Bürmoos near Salzburg has completely repositioned itself over the past four years - as a supplier of high-quality stainless steel components for almost all appliance plants in the Miele Group as well as for the Italian subsidiary Steelco Group. In addition, the new Miele subsidiary Otto Wilde Grillers has recently had its most established product range produced in Bürmoos. “Hardly a stone has been left unturned in our production halls,” says plant manager Dr. Hendrik Wermers. The necessary investments were made, for example, in a new cutting centre with laser processing and a fully automated high-bay warehouse, as well as in state-of-the-art production technology for surface processing. 

When Miele set up its plant in Bürmoos in 1962, it was the first production site outside Germany. This step was originally intended to give Miele access to the EFTA free trade zone, which at the time existed parallel to the EU's predecessor organisation, the EEC, and to which Austria also belonged. Initially, small-room washing machines, spin dryers, and waste compactors were produced, before the factory specialised more and more in the processing of stainless steel sheets and wires. From 2012 onwards, the production of sterilisers and so-called container washing systems was added, in which, for example, instrument trolleys or entire hospital beds are disinfected.

The next turning point followed in 2017, when Miele acquired a majority stake in the Italian medical technology specialist Steelco Group and bundled its entire hospital project business there. This was done to strengthen competitiveness in what was then, as now, a fiercely competitive market worldwide - and it also affected the manufacturing of the appliances produced in Bürmoos. Now the challenge was to compensate for this and at the same time further improve the cost structures. “A time frame of four years was defined for this, which our team used with great commitment and, above all, successfully,” says Hendrik Wermers. In the process, production on the 40,000 square metre site was largely dismantled and rebuilt, and the processes were completely restructured. What has remained is the focus on high-quality stainless steel components, which are now distributed among these three product segments:

  • Fascias and panels for washing machines, dryers and dishwashers, for example, as well for other built-in kitchen appliances from Miele (domestic and commercial),
  • baskets and inserts used in washer-disinfectors, disinfectors and sterilisers for medical facilities and laboratories  
  • as well as complex assemblies for medical and laboratory technology, which are supplied in particular as large-scale appliance accessories to Miele's subsidiary Steelco.        

In the past four years alone, Miele has invested eight million euros in Bürmoos, for example in a high-bay warehouse for the fully automated supply of production with sheet metal blanks as well as for the storage of finished parts which were previously cut or punched by laser. Another major investment concerns the production of front panels for Miele appliances, which the Bürmoos plant now produces more than twice as fast as before. This is ensured by a highly efficient automatic front panel machine, which brings together the stainless steel and plastic components and finally also applies the model- and country-specific printing.

A completely new manufacturing process for Miele in Bürmoos is surface treatment by means of so-called electropolishing. This refers to a multi-stage electrochemical process for the best possible smoothing of the surface to prevent the adhesion of viruses and bacteria. This is particularly important for baskets and inserts and other components for use in medical and laboratory technology.

“Unfortunately, about 80 jobs had to be eliminated in the course of the realignment,” reports plant manager Wermers, “but all colleagues who were affected at the time have for the most part found new jobs seamlessly, not least thanks to our good contacts with other companies.” In the meantime, Miele is expanding again in Bürmoos and currently employs around 220 people. “They have all done a great job over the past few years, for which I would like to sincerely thank each and every one of them,” says Hendrik Wermers, “and I would also like to thank the experts at the Miele Professional plants in Bielefeld and Lehrte, which are connected to us, for their support.”   

The latest addition to Miele's product portfolio in Bürmoos is the O.F.B. range from Miele's new subsidiary Otto Wilde Grillers in Düsseldorf. This is a top-heat grill which, depending on the model, is heated with gas or electricity, operates at very high temperatures, and is largely made of high-quality stainless steel. This is why Hendrik Wermers had initially wanted to bring his factory into the game as a supplier of components, but then also won the final assembly for Bürmoos. “We have the expertise, the capacities and the flexibility for that.” A deal was quickly reached with the new customer: “We are counting on a long-term partnership, because the Bürmoos plant helps us to take the next steps in quality, scalability and further product optimisation, even for our most established product,” says Otto Wilde production manager Dr. Achim Schade. Furthermore, despite enormous cost pressures, the company is pleased to have found a partner in Bürmoos in the heart of Europe.    


Company profile: Miele is the world's leading manufacturer of premium domestic appliances including cooking, baking and steam-cooking appliances, refrigeration products, coffee makers, dishwashers and laundry and floor care products. Their product portfolio also includes dishwashers, air purifiers, washing machines and tumble dryers for commercial use as well as washer-disinfectors and sterilisers for use in medical and laboratory applications. Founded in 1899, the company has eight production plants in Germany, one each in Austria, the Czech Republic, China, Romania and Poland as well as two production plants belonging to its Italian medical technology subsidiary Steelco. Sales in the 2021 business year amounted to around € 4.84 bn. Miele is represented with its own sales subsidiaries and via importers in almost 100 countries/regions. Throughout the world, the family-run enterprise, now in its fourth generation, employs a workforce of around 22,300, of which approx. 11,200 employees work in Germany. The company has its headquarters in Gütersloh in Westphalia.

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State-of-the-art manufacturing: The Miele plant in Bürmoos near Salzburg has been completely reorganised. Eight million euros have been invested in the past four years alone. (Photo: Miele)

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View from above of the 40,000 square metre Miele factory site in Bürmoos, Austria.  (Photo: Miele)

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Plant manager Dr Hendrik Wermers takes stock: “Hardly a stone has been left unturned in our halls.” (Photo: Miele)

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Front panels made in Bürmoos – for household and commercial appliances. Today, they are produced twice as fast as in the past. (Photo: Miele)

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Insight into the automatic front panel machine, which automates many production steps in the manufacture of panels for Miele domestic appliances. (Photo: Miele)

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Careful monitoring by dedicated employees at the Miele plant in Bürmoos – even where production has been automated. (Photo: Miele)

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A multi-stage production process is the surface treatment by so-called electropolishing, among other things in basins with an acid mixture (photo). Here, the roughness of stainless steel surfaces is reduced, resulting in extremely smooth surfaces. This is important for baskets and inserts used in medical and laboratory technology. (Photo: Miele)

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A new addition to Miele's product portfolio in Bürmoos is the O.F.B. range from Miele subsidiary Otto Wilde Grillers. This is a top-heat grill that is heated with gas or electricity depending on the model, operates at high temperatures and is largely made of high-quality stainless steel. (Photo: Otto Wilde Grillers)

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