Vibration specialist to invest 43 million euros in centre of excellence
On March 1st 2018, the management board of Getzner Werkstoffe announced details of the planned expansion in Buers. The expansion underlines the company's commitment to its main location, where a total of 120 jobs will be created. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
The vibration protection business continues to grow all over the world, as increasing urbanisation appears to be going hand in hand with a stronger desire amongst people for more peace and quiet. To accommodate this growth, Getzner is increasing its production and warehouse capacities and adding some additional office space at its headquarters in Buers. The company is thus upgrading its Buers facility into a centre of excellence for vibration protection and also making a clear commitment to the Vorarlberg region. The total cost of the expansion will be around 43 million euros. “The expansion will help us prepare for the challenges ahead, make our production processes more efficient and see the introduction of a new warehousing concept. And as the size of our workforce is also growing, we need more office space”, explains Juergen Rainalter, Chief Executive Officer of the company. A total of 120 jobs will be created for new and existing employees.
Basis for doubling of production capacity
The preparatory works and demolition required to make way for the new building began in January this year. This was preceded by extensive discussions with the local authorities and an information event for local residents. Excavation work for the new building is scheduled to begin in late summer 2018. Getzner will be constructing over 8,000 m² of new space for offices, laboratories, test rigs, warehouses and logistics. In addition, there will be 12,500 m² of outdoor space for green areas, car parking and the manoeuvring of HGVs. “This expansion will allow us to double our production capacity in Buers. We’re particularly proud of our customised high-bay racking system, which is a world first in terms of its design and dimensions”, explains Markus Feurstein, Getzner project manager. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.
In its railway business area, Getzner protects tracks and vehicles from vibrations. Residents living alongside railway lines benefit from less vibration and noise. In the construction sector, entire buildings, such as hotels, hospitals and schools, are elastically mounted on Getzner materials. A wide range of applications can be found in industry, where vibration protection solutions are available for industrial machinery, air-handling units, ships’ hulls and power plant turbines.