The menu item "Location" can be found twice on the Stumpf Metall homepage. While the "Stumpf brand" refers primarily to the characteristics and quality
features resulting from Germany as a business location, here it is viewed more geographically and politically:
Stumpf Metall's two production plants are located in Wilnsdorf in southern Westphalia, on the right and left of the BAB 45, the Sauerland line.
Here in Siegerland, metal processing has a long tradition. For centuries ore was mined intensively because of large ore deposits, which later resulted
in the settlement of corresponding downstream industries.
Even today, the Siegerland symbolic figures "Henner", the miner and "Frieder", the metallurgist, symbolize the core activities of past economic epochs.
In the meantime, as in the rest of South Westphalia, a healthy medium-sized economic structure has developed in the region, which also benefits from its central location in western Germany.
However, it should not be forgotten that the location in Germany also has disadvantages. Thus, Stumpf Metall is one of the few companies in the industry that still produces 100 % in Germany and has no production facilities in Eastern Europe or the Far East. Many companies in the region have already migrated because competitive production is difficult to achieve due to the following factors:
- High wages and salaries in the manufacturing industry: This would have to be absorbed if employees were to participate strongly, but unfortunately we also have the highest taxes and levies of an industrial location in the world: The state is pleased about this, which does not change the fact that the products produced here first have to generate these levies in global competition.
- Distortion of competition through structural support from the European Union: massive support from the European Regional Development Fund, whose task is "to strengthen economic, social and territorial cohesion in the European Union by eliminating inequalities between the various regions", creates new competitors, especially in Eastern Europe, which reproduce (German) products and then sell them much more cheaply to the customers of (German) manufacturers. Since Germany is also the largest net contributor to the EU, this unfair competition is largely financed by German payments.
- An ideologically motivated, rather poorly managed energy turnaround has also given us the highest energy prices. This affects private individuals and companies alike, but producers are of course particularly disadvantaged due to the comparatively high energy requirements in international competition.
Nevertheless, as long as the Stumpf Metallers are in a position to successfully face these disadvantages, production will remain at the same place and location.