The first sod has been turned: EMAG expands its headquarters in Salach

by Markus Isgro
EMAG builds a new production and office facility in Salach.

Turnkey production systems at the highest level – a fitting way to sum up EMAG’s know-how. Among other things, our company develops complete production solutions for the automotive industry. For the construction and pre-assembly of these solutions, EMAG needs more production space in Salach. The machine manufacturer has also enjoyed many years of extraordinary economic success. These two factors necessitate the current expansion of EMAG’s headquarters in Salach. This will also prepare our facilities for the requirements of the future.

Driving growth

Markus Heßbrüggen, Managing Director of EMAG GmbH & Co. KG, explains the background: “We are clearly on course for extended growth. Over the last few years we have been able to land a large number of major projects. Time and again, this has exhausted our spatial capacity. Recently we have even rented additional space in the Göppingen area.” – Now it’s time for the next step: A 10,000 square meter building will be completed by the end of 2018 next to our main building in Austraße in Salach. It will include a 6,000 square meter production hall and a 4,000 square meter space with offices, meeting rooms, and social areas. “This investment is a clear commitment to the location. From here, we will press ahead at full speed with our plans for more positive development,” emphasizes Heßbrüggen.

Planning for a secure future

This planning is characterized by high speed – by July the “building density” should be available, and completion of the hall is earmarked for the end of September. In November employees can begin occupying the first offices. Three important factors define the current planning:

1. Flexibility: Machine manufacture and its customer industries are going through a transformation – For example, the components in the automotive industry are changing very quickly, as are the required production solutions. EMAG will therefore construct a production plant at Salach that is highly flexible. This will make it sustainable for the future, as the equipment and structure can be adapted to new developments.

2. Sustainability: Many factors play a role here. For example, high-quality materials are used exclusively. Even after decades they do not need to be replaced. The exhaust heat of the machines is also used to heat the building.

3. Workplace quality: EMAG needs highly qualified employees who can use their know-how to drive technological progress. In many ways the building lives up to this standard. “When it comes to its construction, we are currently looking at the how an assembly workplace should be designed for the future, or how modern logistics might look. The employees will benefit from this,” explains Markus Heßbrüggen.

Politicians emphasize the importance

The importance of the construction work for the economy of Göppingen was also emphasized by political representatives during the groundbreaking ceremony. Edgar Wolff, District Administrator of Göppingen, stated that the company’s decision will advance regional economic development. The Mayor of Salach, Julian Stipp, seconded this assessment with the words: “Nowadays, EMAG is an economic lighthouse for the region.”

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