Pfizer Puts 50 Million Euros into a Freiburg Plant
20 million euros were invested in the new CMT facility. Large amounts of medicines can be produced faster there. 30 million euros will flow into the new PCMM facility, where fully automatic, highly-effective cancer drugs can be manufactured among other things. The groundbreaking ceremony for this project was in May 2017.
Pfizer has thus succeeded in establishing a new manufacturing process for the first time worldwide, the company announced at the ceremony. With CMT (Continuous Manufacturing Technology), feeding, dosing and mixing are even more closely interlocked.
Active ingredients and auxiliaries are now being delivered in newly developed bags („sacks“) instead of pallets, weighing up to 1200 kilograms. Thus, the number of truck transports can be halved. Using a fully automatic conveyor system, the materials then land in production, where a mixing technique developed by Pfizer is used, which allows extremely high homogeneity – high consistency. New measuring methods ensure that quality can be checked constantly and in real time during ongoing production. The new process and improved electronic interconnectedness reduces order processing to just a few days. Additionally, about 750,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide are saved each year.
The Lord Mayor of Freiburg, Dieter Salomon, evaluated the Pfizer investment as proof of the above-average economic dynamism of the city. The healthcare industry is one of the main driving forces: „25 percent of the business tax revenue comes from this industry. With 24,000 employees, it is the largest employer in the city.“ Salomon also described Pfizer as a role model in terms of sustainability. This fits well with the strategy of making the Industrial Area North – the „Green Industry Park -„ a flagship industrial site.
Fuyao Glass Group Industries Settles in Leingarten
The symbolic ground-breaking ceremony for the new European headquarters of the Fuyao Group in Leingarten in March 2017 was the starting signal for the construction of a facility for the highly-automated completion of vehicle windows. Since the current location of the car glass manufacturer in Heilbronn offered no room for expansion, Fuyao will realize its plans for a new European headquarters with a spacious warehouse and production hall and a modern administration building in the industrial area Mühlenpfad in Leingarten.
With the building of the plant, which is scheduled to go into full operation by May 2018, Fuyao will be able to serve its customers in Germany faster, more efficiently and more specifically. Not only is the market share expected to grow, but alsoabout 200 new jobs in production and administration are to be created within the new European headquarters.
Liebherr Invests 30 Million in Kirchdorf
An experimental hall with administrative building and demonstration area is to be built in Kirchdorf in the district of Biberach on an area of around 13 hectares (approximately 18 football fields).
The centerpiece is the test hall, where all prototypes are set up, commissioned and optimized. For field testing, an area for customer demonstrations, training and a 900-meter test track with a steep hill is set up.
The new building will be located south of the county road to Fellheim in the immediate vicinity of the existing factory premises. Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of 2017, and the building will be ready by 2021.
Japanese Subsidiary Company Produces in Unterriexingen
The company EACC GmbH, a subsidiary of the Japanese group Toray Industries in Tokyo, has selected the industrial estate in the Markgröningen district Unterriexingen as a location for its expansion in the Stuttgart region. On 9,000 square meters, seven different facilities for the production of lightweight fiberglass car tailgates will be built. Among other things, the manufacturing process includes cutting and pressing, milling and cleaning of the parts so that the elements of the interior and exterior parts can be glued together and then varnished. After the production of the pre-series, from mid-2018 on, the production of tailgates for BMW models will begin. By 2020, at least 60 employees should be employed here. EACC’s decision to settle in Unterriexingen is also due to an available hall, which has a height of over 18 meters. This height is necessary above all for the large pressing machines and in order to be able to move tools with the aid of a ceiling crane.
Walldorf: John Deere builds distribution center
The global agricultural machinery group John Deere has chosen Walldorf as the location for its new European sales and marketing center. In Walldorf, around 300 employees of the John Deere International units based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, John Deere Sales Germany in Bruchsal and the Sales & Marketing Center in Mannheim will all be working together under one roof. Synergies should thus be better utilized and more intensive and efficient cooperation between the various sectors should be enabled. The new competence center is another logical step towards increased customer orientation.
The new administration building will be built in the Metropolpark adjacent to the Luxor Filmpalast and Musikhaus Session and, according to John Deere spokesman Ralf Lenge, is expected to be ready to move into by the end of 2019. The property between the cinema and the former ABB building was „one of the very last ones“ owned by the city.