Production to Continue at Ellerbrock Despite Fire Damage
Easter was not such a joyous affair for the German retreading materials producer Ellerbrock, whose facility near Hamburg was partially destroyed by fire on Easter Saturday morning. The factory was not operating over the Easter break, however two employees from the nearby production plant heard a fire alarm sound at about 11am and attempted to extinguish the fire themselves. When it became apparent that their own efforts would not be sufficient, the fire department was called.
Approximately 200 firefighters were sent to the mixing room site to tackle the blaze, but were unable to prevent the fire from destroying the mixing room. Ellerbrock’s production facility, which itself was destroyed by fire in 2003, was not damaged during this weekend’s incident, and Mr. Ferrari, the managing director of Marangoni Tread, sister company to Ellerbrock, confirmed that damage to the Ellerbrock site was restricted to the mixing plant.
A company representative, speaking with Tyres & Accessories, stated that no injuries occurred as a result of the blaze. He was also able to confirm that production would continue at the Ellerbrock site, and no interruption of supply to customers would take place following the fire. Materials needed for production, such as compound materials and rubber, would for the time being be sourced from Italy, the representative added. At this time the financial extent of the damage to the plant is not known.