Würth Elektronik ICS lay the foundation stone for their new administration and production building in Waldzimmern

Würth Elektronik ICS GmbH & Co. KG is building a new production and administration building that will bring five current locations in Öhringen, Pfedelbach and Waldbach together under one roof in Waldzimmern. The investment volume for the new construction is about 15 Million euros.

Würth Elektronik ICS laid today the foundation stone for the new administration and production building in Waldzimmern in the presence of around 60 guests including press representatives, local politicians, neighbours, employees and Würth corporate management with Prof. Dr. mult. h.c. Reinhold Würth as guest of honour. It is estimated that the new construction will be completed at the beginning of 2014.

The total investment volume amounts to about 15 Million Euros. The project is one of the largest investments made by the Würth Group this year, which emphasises the significance of the venture.

„We are extremely pleased to be laying this foundation stone today for growth in the coming years and to be merging five locations into one and thus bring all employees under one roof again by taking this step “, assured Dr. Klaus Wittig and Albrecht Faber, the two managing directors of Würth Elektronik ICS.

The current production sites in Öhringen and Pfedelbach have reached the limits of their capacity. Coupled with the continuous growth in the last ten years, the number of employees at the Öhringen und Pfedelbach sites also rose from 75 to 213. This made it necessary to expand to new locations. In 2011 a section of the administration department was relocated to rented office space in Pfedelbach.

In 2012 the relocation continued when the development and technology sectors moved to Waldbach. In autumn 2012 the Printed Electronics company division (formerly Würth Elektronik FLATcomp Systems GmbH & Co. KG) moved form Pforzheim to Öhringen and based its activities there. A promising innovation, the so-called direct plug connection, was the basis for an additional company division within Würth Elektronik ICS. The new building should combine the five locations and two company sectors under one roof and secure the continued growth of the company.

Having considered a number of factors, Waldzimmern was selected as the optimal location. On one hand Würth Elektronik has deep roots in the Hohenlohe region. This is where the company story began. It is also home to numerous employees. On the other hand Würth Elektronik ICS GmbH & Co. KG would not like to do without the advantages and synergies arising from its proximity to the Würth Elektronik companies in Niedernhall and Waldenburg with which it maintains a close business relationship. The Waldzimmern industrial estate also has an excellent infrastructure.

The new location offers approx. 11.000 m² effective floor space, 5.400 m² of which will be used as a production area. The building has been designed in such a way that all areas can be extended independently of each other. The new building offers a number of social amenities such as a generous canteen and sport facilities.

The building is constructed in line with today’s energy standards and environmentally integrated to the highest level possible. Resources are used efficiently. Employee health and safety is given a high priority, as is waste reduction and pollution minimisation. „Of course we paid attention to the reduction of operational costs when planning the construction by considering, for example, measures to increase productivity during the production process, logistics processes and control mechanisms “, adds Dr. Klaus Wittig.

The existing procedures will be further refined and intelligently networked in the new building complex. The building is extremely flexible and offers the possibility of integrating new production lines and procedures rapidly into the existing structure.

The building was designed by the architectural company Siegfried Müller and Maja Djordjevic-Müller that won the tender and has already completed several construction projects for Würth and Würth Elektronik.

Würth Elektronik ICS was developed in 1984 as a company division “Elektromechanische Baugruppen” within Würth Elektronik. In 1995 the company headquarters relocated to Öhringen. In 2001 an additional production location was opened in neighbouring Pfedelbach. Today the Würth Elektronik ICS Group employs approx. 230 employees at locations in Hohenlohe, France and the USA and had a turnover of 41 million euros in 2012.

Würth Elektronik ICS has positioned itself on the market as a system solution provider for signal and power distributors, electronic control systems, displays and control panels for the automotive sector and industry. The company division Printed Electronics focuses its activities on the development and production of system solutions for printed sensors and electronics. The company sector for direct plug-in technology offers solutions for a new form of interconnection technology for electronic assemblies and components.