Rational invests €30m in new sustainable factory

Ceremony to lay the foundation stone at Rational Wittenheim crop
Rational management team members lay the foundation stone of the new iVario factory in Wittenheim, France.

Members of the Rational management team have laid the foundation stone for a new factory, offices, training centre and company restaurant in Wittenheim. France.

The cooking equipment manufacturer is due to open the 10,000metre2 sustainable building in spring 2023.

The factory will deliver to over 120 countries and Rational is investing €30m in the new building, creating a production capacity of 25,000 cooking systems per year. The building’s office complex will have around 100 workspaces and, as well as the training centre and 300-seater restaurant, the facility will also have a small museum.

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Rational is taking advantage of the opportunity to create a sustainable building. The steel construction will be insulated and energy-efficient; the building will be heated and cooled by a heat pump; intelligent, daylight-dependent LED lighting controls with separate lighting zones will save energy; and the high proportion of glass in the façade should ensure the best possible working conditions.

The manufacturer also passed a milestone in June 2021 as the 50,000th iVario was manufactured. The success of the cooking system has led to the need for the company to expand its production facilities.

Rational chief technology officer Peter Wiedemann said: “Having already expanded production in 2015, we now need to adjust capacity again to meet growing demand. The production of the 50,000th iVario proves that we are producing outstanding products.”

As for the 50,000th iVario cooking system, it’s going to the Bistro d’Elo in Verdun, France, which is due to open this month. Owner Elodie Louvet said: “I’m looking forward to using my new iVario for the first time and feel like I’m waiting for my Christmas present.” Since she works alone in the kitchen, she’s also ordered a Rational iCombi Pro to go alongside her iVario in her new venture.

Like Louvet, Wiedemann is also optimistic about the future: “We look forward to turning many more customers into satisfied customers,” he added.

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