The South African dumper truck manufacturer Bell Equipment is continuing to rely on Thuringia as a location: With an assembly plant near Eisenach since 2003, the global player recently invested €13 million in new buildings and production facilities here. On the site, which covers nearly 10 ha, the new 12,000 m² building adjoins the existing factory halls, which cover 6,000 m². This means that Thuringia will become the corporation’s central production location and its company base in the Northern hemisphere. With the expansion, Bell is further expanding its position as one of the world’s market leaders in this production segment – the company is now represented in more than 80 countries in every continent across the globe.
A distribution centre for the online retail giant Amazon is currently being constructed on a site covering 23,000 m² in the “International Logistics Centre” (ILZ) in Erfurt. Packages delivered by lorry are sorted, delivered and returned on six days a week in shifts. Courier services are used for the “last mile”, as it is called, distributing the packages in small vans. Ingenious route planning will be implemented in order to eliminate the need for multiple journeys. Around 100 full-time employees will be needed, plus around 400 at the delivery partners.
Thuringia is demonstrating just how attractive it is yet again: In future, the Baden-Württemberg automotive supplier Marquardt will be manufacturing innovative mechatronic products for the interiors of premium vehicles and battery-operated cars in Thuringia in a factory covering over 10,000 m². Up to 180 jobs will be created in the years to come; the first 50 positions are to be filled in the next few months. As a strong automotive supplier location with more than 600 supplier companies already today, the Free State offers the company the ideal conditions for its commercial activities and for a successful economic future.
Alupress AG from Switzerland is carrying out a massive expansion of its Thuringian site. With an investment volume of around €20 million for a new production hall with a floor area of around
6000 m² and a cutting-edge machine pool, production capacity is to be more than doubled, with up to 50 new jobs created. At the laying of the foundation stone, the company’s owner emphasised the positive cooperation with the local authorities as regards the planning approval process.
At the end of October, EMC European Modular Construction GmbH laid the foundation stone for its new factory near Arnstadt. In the “Erfurter Kreuz”, Thuringia’s largest industrial zone, the company will be creating one of the world’s most modern production centres for precast concrete parts. Together with its partners, the company is investing around €48 million in the new factory. By July 2020, an area of some 75,000 m² will thus hold a production hall of around 16,000 m², amongst other things, where 45 employees will produce prefabricated parts for up to 2,000 living units a year.