Hans-Joachim Boekstegers (CEO), Guido Spix (CTO and COO) and Christian Traumann (CFO), Multivac, took part in an official ceremony to mark the construction which is expected to open in 2020, last week.
Future packaging lines
“The building complex is designed as an Application Center for our Slicing Business Unit, which is now seeing encouraging development in our new business sector. In future automated packaging lines will be commissioned here as well,” said Boekstegers.
“We have successively expanded our product range in recent years to include process equipment upstream and downstream of the packaging procedure. By founding the Slicer Business Unit, we have taken an important strategic step in the direction of 'Better Processing'.”
The three-story building in Wolfertschwenden, Germany, will include 17,000m² of space; 180 work-stations; conference and function rooms.
The production space will be 7,500m² on the ground floor of Building 16 and Building 17 will house the Slicer Application Center, reception and company restaurant, over two floors.
The Application Center services for slicers will be similar to those in the existing Training and Innovation Center (TIC), namely sample production, machine demonstrations and training programs.
Boekstegers added customers will be able to test the equipment in a similar environment to their own production sites.
“Our customers will be able to experience the complete process chain live; from the demonstration of the slicers through to the presentation of loading technology downstream of the slicer, and up to the packaging procedure,” he said.
Guests at the opening ceremony included Karl Fleschhut, mayor of Wolfertschwenden, and approximately 5,600 employees, including 2,100 based in Wolfertschwenden.
The production site in the Allgäu region of Germany currently comprises more than 72,000m² in total including production areas for its Traysealer Business Unit completed earlier this year, and additional office space for the Control Technology department, of around 4,000m².