Röchling Automotive has opened a new technical centre in Laives, Italy, which can, at later stages, accommodate more than 100 employees working on development, computer-aided engineering (CAE), innovation and business development, and failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA).
The three-story building has been set up in an area of 1,300 square metres and was built within seven months, said the German automotive injection moulder on 29 March.
“We are proud that the technical centre in Laives allows us to commence operations at our third modern development centre. Alongside our technical centres in Kunshan, China and Troy, USA, the Laives development centre in Italy will now also contribute to Röchling Automotive’s worldwide growth,” said Erwin Doll, CEO of the Röchling Automotive Group.
In Laives, said the company, the engineering and business development departments have grown by over 200% in the last five years, from 70 employees in 2011 to 160 employees in 2016. In total, the automotive supplier employs approximately 850 staff at this location.
In total, Röchling Automotive invested €4m in buying an existing building near to the Laives site and to complete the necessary conversion work.
“We were reaching the limits of capacity in the old office. The new premises allow us to free up around 670 square metres of office space in the old building,” said Mirco Brusco, general manager engineering.