Together, Bruno Schnekenburger, CEO of Yaskawa Europe GmbH, and numerous guests from politics and construction planning laid the foundation stone for Yaskawa's new European headquarters in Hattersheim am Main near Frankfurt: In a ceremonial setting, they traditionally and symbolically bricked a time capsule into the foundation of the emerging shell on September 22. Occupation of the new building is planned for 2023.
The new building with an investment volume of around 23 million euros is groundbreaking and will be used for a variety of purposes: A four-story office complex with 4,220 m² of office space for around 220 employees is being built on the 8,322 m² site. The European Yaskawa Academy, together with the future innovation center and adjoining showroom, is located on the first floor in an area of 1,150 m².
One of the factors in favor of the new location of Yaskawa Europe GmbH was the very good infrastructure in the Hattersheim Technology Park, which is often referred to as Digital City, as well as the continued good connections to public transport, the freeway and Frankfurt Airport. "We are pleased to be able to enrich the Digital City in Hattersheim with our drive components and robots. We would like to thank the city of Hattersheim for its warm welcome and active support for our commitment," said Bruno Schnekenburger, CEO of Yaskawa Europe GmbH.
"Bringing another digital global player to Hattersheim was our great concern and we have succeeded with Yaskawa. The topic of automation and robotics will do our technology park good, we are convinced of that," said Alexander Schwarz from the economic development department of the city of Hattersheim, who was present on behalf of Mayor Klaus Schindling.
Consistent sustainability as a strategy and New or Modern Work concept
Consistent sustainability as well as a positive energy balance realized by saving and generating clean energy are fixed components of Yaskawa's corporate strategy and a central corporate goal. With this in mind, the new building will meet the highest standards of ecological, resource-saving and energy-efficient construction in accordance with the KfW standard Efficiency Building-40 incl. Energy Efficiency Package and is thus even more energy-efficient than originally planned.
A large light-flooded inner courtyard, which extends from the first floor over the two upper floors, as well as the floor-to-ceiling windows not only ensure optimal natural lighting, but at the same time reduce the need for artificial light and equally minimize the energy required for this. In summer, shading systems provide cooling.
A mineral and vegetable fiber insulation material is used for the exterior walls. This insulating material is produced sustainably and also requires only a fraction of the energy during production that it later helps to save. In addition, the fiber insulation material used helps to prevent the consumption of valuable raw materials.
The concept is rounded off by equipping it with energy-efficient LED lighting systems. Eleven charging stations will also be installed, where employees and customers can charge electric vehicles. The installed transformers are designed for retrofitting with an additional 64 e-charging points if required.
Beyond these sustainability aspects, Yaskawa is thus creating a modern and motivating working environment for its employees. The approximately 220 employees will find an ideal working environment and conditions in the new premises, as well as an efficient, future-oriented infrastructure. The aspect of flexible working with home office and attendance is of course also taken into account.
Sustainable growth and commitment to Europe as a location
Yaskawa attaches great importance to sustainable growth and is preparing for the future of automation in Europe. Not least, the current new building is an expression of an ambitious expansion strategy that Yaskawa has been pursuing in Europe for several years: Servo drives and frequency converters have also been manufactured in Cumbernauld, Scotland, since the 1990s, and robots in the European robot factory with connected robotics development center in Slovenia, which will open in 2019. In this way, the company helps to secure European supply chains and deliberately acts against the international trend, bringing technology know-how and production expertise back to Europe.