Webasto celebrated the opening of its new Administration and R&D Center in Stockdorf, close to Munich, on May 14, 2018.
During the opening ceremony with business partners, owners, members of the Supervisory Board and employees present, the State Minister in the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology, Franz Josef Pschierer, and Bernhard Mattes, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), gave speeches. The new building offers over 14,000 square metres of floor space and has a 5,000 square metre glass façade that incorporates a shed roof, which reflects the Webasto core business sector of sliding and panorama roofs.
It provides attractive and modern workplaces for 550 employees. The company has invested some €40 million ($47.2 million) in this building. “The building is a symbol of our corporate culture and the Webasto of the future”, said Dr. Holger Engelmann, Chairman of the Management Board, Webasto SE, during the opening ceremony. “It stands for innovation and perfection, promotes networked cooperation which is so important for us and supports our continuous transformation”, continued Engelmann.
Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Franz Josef Pschierer, emphasised in his speech: “I am sure that Webasto will, in future, be even better positioned to deliver innovative products and services for the electromobility sector.” To promote alternative drive technologies, Bavaria intends to strengthen basic research into battery technology and improve the general conditions to allow competitive battery cell manufacture and drive the development of synthetic fuels.
VDA President Bernhard Mattes underscored: “Webasto is synonymous with everything that characterises the German automotive industry worldwide: innovative strength, a strong spirit of enterprise and flexibility. These virtues make the company not only a supplier, but also a partner to both its domestic and international customers.” Furthermore, “Webasto also has a keen sense of what will become particularly important for the automotive industry over the coming years, allowing the company to differentiate between fundamental changes and passing fashions”, explained Mattes.
The testing unit has also moved into the new building. Over a space of 2,000 square metres the unit offers state-of-the-art facilities which include vibration test benches, environmental chambers, a sprinkler system, a sunlight simulation and corrosion chamber and an acoustics center.