From Lower Bavaria to the whole world

29. September 2020

From Lower Bavaria to the whole world

"It is quite impressive what innovative companies are at home in the Landshut district," was the conclusion of Rosi Steinberger, member of the Green Party's state parliament, after visiting the Föckersperger company in Pauluszell. The company has developed a laying plough system with which cables and pipes can be laid in the ground quickly and efficiently. The system consists of a laying plough and a tractor.  Where excavators normally tear up the landscape for weeks on end and large masses of earth are moved, the laying plough system can be used to lay up to 13 kilometres of cable or pipe in one day and in one operation to a depth of up to 2.50 metres. The intervention in the soil is minimally invasive. No soil layers are mixed, and compaction of the soil takes place only to a very small extent. Immediately after the procedure, the laying slot is closed again up to halfway. In this way, cables or pipes lie safely and free from mechanical stress in the soil. "The process is therefore not only unrivalled in its cost-effectiveness, it is also very environmentally friendly," explains managing director Walter Föckersperger. "Shrubs, trees and topsoil are preserved and a lot of diesel is saved". The laying system is also suitable for sensitive natural areas such as the Wadden Sea or mountain streams. Föckersperger also attaches importance to the efficient use of energy and materials in its operations. 
The method has meanwhile proven itself worldwide and can also be used in difficult soil conditions. Swamps, permafrost soils or stony ground are no problem. In Europe, Africa, Australia, North and South America and Asia, 420,000 km of cables and pipes have now been laid. Many clients are not yet familiar with the procedure and some planning offices are showing hesitant interest. This is because this cost-effective procedure reduces the amount of the order, which serves as the basis for their fees.  
    
All equipment is designed and assembled at our own site in Pauluszell. Every year 3-4 carriages are sold. "Unfortunately, we had to cancel all trade fair dates this year, and meetings with customers are conditionally difficult for Corona". The company is proud of its highly qualified staff and trains its own employees. Almost all employees come from the region. "Unfortunately, it is not so easy to find trainees," reports Bernhard Föckersperger, Head of Planning and Business Processes, in conversation. "The competition from the automotive industry is very strong. The wages customary there are hardly bearable for a craftsman's business". Moreover, Pauluszell is difficult to reach for a young person without a driving licence. What can be offered is versatile and secure employment.
Rosi Steinberger was very impressed by this technology: "I am pleased that this efficient and environmentally friendly method has been developed in our region and I hope that the laying plough system will soon become the standard method".