Needs

Needs spectrum of the AL-KO KOBER Group

The broad product portfolio of the AL-KO KOBER Group in the areas of Vehicle Technology, Air Technology and Garden + Hobby means there is a similarly broadly diversified spectrum of needs.

The majority of our needs are bundled into material groups that are presented below. Furthermore, we are very interested in cooperating with suppliers for other listed needs.

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This material group covers our steel needs in the form of slit strip and sheets in various grades and dimensions.

 

These include:

  • Cold-rolled and hot-rolled as well as galvanised slit strips
  • Cold-rolled and hot-rolled as well as galvanised sheets
  • Stainless steel in slit strips and sheets

 

These needs are required at the following locations, among others:

  • AL-KO Germany (Kötz, Jettingen-Scheppach, Wittenberg)
  • AL-KO Austria (Obdach, Zell / Ramsau)
  • AL-KO Italy (Vintl)
  • AL-KO France (Louhans)

 

The scope of application of the materials above vary by location and business division. In the AL-KO Vehicle Technology division, the materials are required for frame girders, axles, lightweight chassis, towbar members, brake drums and steel casing. AL-KO Air Technology requires steel coils and sheets for housing in the manufacture of air conditioning units. For AL-KO Garden + Hobby steel is a key material for the manufacture of lawn mowers and lawn tractors.

 

This material group covers our steel tube and steel profile needs in various grades and dimensions.

 

These include:

  • Round tubes from cold-rolled, hot-rolled and galvanised material
  • Seamless and welded precision tubes to DIN EN 10305-1 and 10305-2
  • Open and close profiles from cold-rolled, hot-rolled and galvanised material 

 

These needs are required at the following locations, among others:

  • AL-KO Germany (Kötz, Jettingen-Scheppach, Wittenberg, Seifersbach)
  • AL-KO Austria (Obdach)
  • AL-KO Italy (Vintl)
  • AL-KO France (Louhans)
  • AL-KO Spain (Abadiano)

 

The scope of application of the materials above vary by location and business division. The AL-KO Vehicle Technology division needs these materials for axle tubes for amc and trailers, tow bars and cylinder tubes for damping technology. AL-KO Air Technology uses profiles in constructing housing for air conditioning units. AL-KO Garden + Hobby uses tubes for lawn mowers (side rails) and lawn tractors.

 

This material group covers our needs for a wide variety of DIN parts and parts to AL-KO standards. 

 

These include:

  • Connecting elements to DIN standard and AL-KO standard
  • Securing elements to DIN standard and AL-KO standard
  • Deflectors

 

In the case of parts to AL-KO standards, an initial sampling is required before approval.

DIN parts are tendered out once a year and assigned in bundles. Parts must be supplied to all plants. Delivery is in accordance with AL-KO plant standards in pallet boxes and cardboard boxes (max. 20 kg).

 

These needs are required at the following locations, among others:

  • AL-KO Germany (Kötz, Ettenbeuren, Jettingen-Scheppach, Wittenberg, Seifersbach)
  • AL-KO Austria (Obdach, Zell / Ramsau)
  • AL-KO Italy (Vintl)
  • AL-KO France (Louhans) 

 

The scope of application of the materials above vary by location and business division.

 

This material group covers our needs in terms of injection-moulded plastic parts in various sizes (small parts up to a parts weight of around 6 kg) from AL-KO's own injection moulding tools. 

 

These include:

  • Technical parts made of standard plastics (HDPE, PP-Copo, etc.)
  • Parts made of technical plastic materials (ABS, PA, PC, etc.) 

 

These needs are required at the following locations, among others:

  • AL-KO Germany (Kötz, Jettingen-Scheppach, Wittenberg, Seifersbach)
  • AL-KO Austria (Obdach, Zell / Ramsau)
  • AL-KO Italy (Vintl)
  • AL-KO France (Louhans)

 

The scope of application of the materials above vary by location and business division. The plastic parts for AL-KO Obdach are used in the production of garden and hobby equipment. AL-KO Germany, Italy and France use plastic parts in the production of supplier systems in the Vehicle Technology division.

 

This material group covers our needs in terms of aluminium and zinc pressure die-cast parts in various sizes, dimensions and shapes.

 

These include:

  • Aluminium pressure die-cast parts with part weights from 5 g to 12,000 g
  • Zinc pressure die-cast parts with part weights from 5 g to 1,000 g

 

These needs are required at the following locations, among others:

  • AL-KO Germany (Kötz, Jettingen-Scheppach, Wittenberg, Seifersbach)
  • AL-KO Austria (Obdach, Zell / Ramsau)
  • AL-KO Italy (Vintl)
  • AL-KO France (Louhans)
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The scope of application of the materials above vary by location and business division. For instance, there are components with simple geometry (e.g. spacers for the production of lawn mowers) through to highly complex, safety-related components for automotive applications.

 

This material group covers our needs for forged parts both as raw parts and in wrought form.

 

These include:

  • Drop-forged parts in weight classes from 0.5 kg to 20 kg

 

These needs are required at the following locations, among others:

  • AL-KO Germany (Kötz, Hartha)
  • AL-KO Austria (Zell / Ramsau)
  • AL-KO Italy (Vintl)
  • AL-KO France (Louhans)

 

The scope of application of the materials above vary by location and business division. The AL-KO Vehicle Technology division needs these materials primarily for swing arms, drawbar eyes and ball-head rods for axles, drawbars and trailer mechanisms.

 

This material group covers our needs for cast parts both as raw parts and in wrought form.

 

These include:

  • Grey iron parts
  • Spheroidal iron parts

 

These needs are required at the following locations, among others:

  • AL-KO Germany (Kötz, Hartha)
  • AL-KO Austria (Zell / Ramsau)
  • AL-KO Italy (Vintl)
  • AL-KO France (Louhans)

 

The scope of application of the materials above vary by location and business division. In the AL-KO Vehicle Technology division, the materials are primarily required for brake drums and hubs as well as housing.

 

This material group covers our needs in terms of cold-extruded parts in various grades and dimensions.

 

These include:

  • Simple and complex cold-extruded parts
  • Different component weights from 0.44 g to 2.50 kg
  • Different requirement profiles in terms of the quality standard
  • Quantities from 10,000 pieces to 1.5 million pieces annual demand

 

These needs are required at the following locations, among others:

  • AL-KO Germany (Kötz, Seifersbach)
  • AL-KO Austria (Obdach, Zell / Ramsau)
  • AL-KO Italy (Vintl)
  • AL-KO France (Louhans)

 

The scope of application of the materials above vary by location and business division.

  • AL-KO Germany (Kötz)

   high technical requirements incl. QA management

  • AL-KO Germany (Hartha)

   high technical requirements, QA management, automotive-oriented

  • AL-KO Austria (Obdach)

   low technical requirements incl. QA management

  • AL-KO Austria (Zell / Ramsau)

   high technical requirements, QA management, automotive-oriented

  • AL-KO Italy (Vintl)

   high technical requirements incl. QA management

  • AL-KO France (Louhans)

   high technical requirements incl. QA management

 

This material group covers our needs for fans for AL-KO Air Technology.

 

These include:

  • Axial fans
  • Radial fans for belt drive
  • Radial fans for direct drive
  • Impellers

 

These needs are required at the following locations, among others:

  • AL-KO Therm (Jettingen-Scheppach)
  • AL-KO Therm (Wittenberg)
  • AL-KO Therm China (Taicang)

 

The fans are components of central ventilation systems, air heaters and extraction units.

 

This material group covers our needs for heat exchangers for AL-KO Air Technology.

 

These include:

  • Finned-tube heat exchangers
  • Plate heat exchangers
  • Rotary heat exchangers

 

These needs are required at the following locations, among others:

  • AL-KO Therm (Jettingen-Scheppach)
  • AL-KO Therm (Wittenberg)
  • AL-KO Therm China (Taicang)

 

The different versions of heat exchangers are components of central ventilation systems, manufactured by the AL-KO Air Technology business division.

 

This material group covers our needs in terms of logistics services by land, sea and air, both inbound and outbound.

 

These include:

  • Sea freight (especially from China and USA)
  • Lorry transport
  • Package and express services
  • Air freight
  • Combined transportation 

 

These needs are required at all of our locations.

 

We are looking for both global players in logistics and specialists for certain regions or countries (e.g. South-East Europe, France, United Kingdom, Middle East).

 

We are also interested in suppliers for the following needs:
 

  • Electronic assemblies & components
  • Electromechanical parts/electronics
  • Process materials
  • Packaging
  • Work safety
  • Office supplies
  • Operating and hazardous materials
  • Construction and maintenance
  • Plant technology capital expenditure
  • Services
  • Printed materials
  • Electrical materials
  • Energy
  • Production/testing technology capital expenditure
  • Other industrial and overhead cost requirements
  • IT/telecommunications
  • Mobility
  • Freight and logistics