Schaeffler has announced that as part of its future program “Agenda 4 plus One”, the company would be investing 60 million euros to set up a new state-of-the art development building and Automotive OEM headquarters in Bühl. Covering an area of 23,400 square meters, the new headquarters will accommodate office space for as many as 500 employees, a spacious conference area, a canteen and prototype construction and test rig facilities. The company is also planning to boost its activities in the field of electric mobility on a global basis.
Those who attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility Among those in attendance during the groundbreaking ceremony was Georg F. W. Schaeffler, shareholder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Schaeffler AG. Speaking at the ceremony, he said that the new building will mark a milestone in Schaeffler’s company history. According to Schaeffler, the company’s choice of Buhl as the location for the new headquarters highlighted its appreciation of the work that has been done there over the last few decades.
LuK GmbH & Co. KG was co-founded in 1965 by the Schaeffler brothers and was fully integrated into the Schaeffler Group at the end of the 1990s. The company also held an employee day in conjunction with the groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the company’s new corporate presentation, with Schaeffler’s globally standardized logo replacing the yellow LuK logos.
Klaus Rosenfeld, CEO of Schaeffler AG, explained: “With our new Automotive OEM headquarters in Bühl, we are taking a further step towards becoming what we want to be: One Schaeffler Group, with one global strategy and one set of strong values. The best way to achieve this is with one common brand: The Schaeffler brand.”
Matthias Zink, CEO of Automotive OEM at Schaeffler AG, added the new building will be used primarily to develop technologies for electric mobility and mobility for the future
Worldwide competence centers for electric mobility
The E-Mobility business division is playing a growing role as part of Schaeffler’s “Mobility for tomorrow” strategy. Schaeffler has opened global competence centers for electric mobility in Bühl, in Wooster (USA), and in Anting (China), all of which will be overseen from the new headquarters and will work in tandem on new drive technologies, future mobility solutions for urban living spaces, and components which are meant to make vehicles more eco-friendly.
Building to set the standard in industrial design
The new building is expected to set new standards in industrial design. It is expected that the center will create 350 new jobs, mainly in the field of electric mobility, over the next few years.
The building is also expected to break new ground when it comes to networking and the so-called “New Work” office concept – an open, modern workplace design that provides functional areas, “3D” communication across all levels, and a canteen that features a “Work Café”. State-of-the-art conference technology will ensure that colleagues around the world can always communicate in real time.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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