HORIBA FuelCon contributes to the e-mobility campus in the Magdeburg-Barleben region
The announcement of HORIBA FuelCon also comes into this category. In April, the hundred-per cent subsidiary of Japanese group HORIBA that is also part of HORIBA Automotive Test Systems is expanding its R & D and production site in Saxony-Anhalt.
The e-mobility specialist will invest around 30 million euros in a new building in the Ostfalen Technology Park in Magdeburg-Barleben by the end of 2021. During the coming years, up to 250 new jobs will be created. The new factory is intended to strengthen the role as “global competence center for fuel cells and batteries” within the HORIBA Group, explained Managing Director Dr. Ing. Ingo Benecke on the occasion of the press release for the announcement. The investment is also a contribution to the development of the Magdeburg-Barleben region into an ‘e-mobility campus’.
HORIBA FuelCon is the leading manufacturer of test, production and diagnostic systems for fuel cells and batteries. In the course of the conversion to alternative forms of clean drive technologies, HORIBA FuelCon is experiencing unprecedented demand from numerous international markets. The increased need for its technology is leading to the HORIBA subsidiary having to enlarge the production area.
Boryszew GmbH in Gardelegen focuses on positive momentum through e-vehicles
As an automotive supplier, Boryszew GmbH in Gardelegen, which is part of the Polish group Boryszew SA, repeatedly sails through turbulent waters. Now the largest local employer with 650 employees, in August 2019 the company again announced extensive investments in the machinery. Five new machines valued at approximately EUR 3 million are to lead above all to a further considerable increase in productivity. The biggest advantage of Gardelegen as a location continues to be the proximity to the main customer, Volkswagen (VW). Ventilation grilles, wheel covers and handles are manufactured here in an injection moulding process. The complete glove compartment in the Golf 7 also comes from Gardelegen. In the medium term, the company anticipates positive momentum in e-vehicles, as the change to electrotechnology will impact positively on the product portfolio, it says.
“2019 is a year in which an exciting time frame has opened up for FDI in Saxony-Anhalt not just in the area of new mobility but also in other areas of expertise, such as in the pharmaceutical sector, in chemistry and in the food industry,” explains Thomas Einsfelder, Managing Director of the Saxony-Anhalt’s economic development agency (IMG), naming further examples: