Expansions at facilities in Switzerland and Germany

Winterthur, September 2019 – The Kistler Group is expanding three of its facilities in Switzerland and Germany: its headquarters in Winterthur and the two sites in Heidelberg and Meerane (Germany). With these expansions, the measurement technology experts are sending out a strong signal despite the backdrop of a global downturn.

Global economic growth is currently lagging behind expectations, and the Kistler Group is also aware of this trend. CEO Rolf Sonderegger notes: "We anticipate a slowdown in growth for the current financial year, especially in the automotive industry. But at the same time, we are confronted with megatrends such as autonomous and electrified driving, coupled with growing requirements from our customers. Taken together, all of these factors make it essential to adapt and expand some of our facilities." 

Winterthur: creating space for the smart factory of the future

The Kistler Group originally planned to build its own smart factory at its Winterthur headquarters in the next few years, with an estimated investment volume of about CHF 50 million. The measurement technology experts have had to postpone this investment for the time being, but the capacity problem at the facility remains unresolved. In mid-September, more than one hundred employees will be moving to the new location in Winterthur's Else-Züblin-Strasse. It is about seven kilometers from the headquarters and will unite development, assembly and sales under one roof.

We'd already reached our limits at the Eulachstrasse site several years ago. So that we can continue growing and give ourselves time and space for our own smart factory, we need to relocate some of our workforce to additional premises."

Rolf Sonderegger, CEO

 

Heidelberg: "Home of Dummies"

At the Heidelberg site in Germany, a new production hall is currently under construction next to the existing office building. This will provide an additional 1,300 m2 of space where the Kistler Group will develop and manufacture THOR, its proprietary crash test dummy, in the future. Sonderegger comments: "The growing trend towards vehicle electrification is creating new requirements for vehicle safety – and for crash tests as well. Our efficient, flexible dummy positions us optimally to support the automotive sector as it develops new generations of vehicles." Opening of the "Home of Dummies"  – as the facility is known – is scheduled for winter 2020. 

Meerane: lean production on 1,200 square meters

The measurement technology experts have also reached the limits of their capacity at the Meerane site in Germany. To accommodate growing influx of orders, Kistler decided to relocate to a larger and more modern building in Meerane's industrial zone – only one kilometer away from the original location. In the new 1,200 m2 facility, employees are now able to manufacture cables in a range of lengths from 0.5 to 100 meters, as well as special lengths to meet customers' specific requirements. Another benefit: at the old site, finished cables had to be transported across three floors from the production line to the warehouse, but now this all takes place on one level. "This relocation within the town of Meerane was a major step along the path towards efficient production," Sonderegger points out.

Press kit

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