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Jenoptik to invest €11M in new production facility for metrology

05 Jun 2018

Focus is on smart manufacturing and automation based on optical and photonic technologies.

Lasers and photonics systems giant Jenoptik has announced that it is to invest €11 million in a new production facility for industrial metrology. Upon completion, around 220 metrology employees in Villingen-Schwenningen will gain access to the latest development, production and office facilities for global automotive and industrial customers.

The construction work will start in the spring of 2019 and employees are expected to move into the new building, which is located in the Salzgrube industrial estate (near the current location), in the spring of 2020.

Jenoptik President & CEO Stefan Traeger commented, “Our current buildings and other areas no longer meet the requirements for the latest working and production environments. Investments in cutting-edge infrastructure for the benefit of our employees and customers are a fundamental part of Jenoptik’s development in the coming years.".

Besides modern laboratory, testing and production areas, the space for services and customer support will also be considerably expanded. This will create large rooms for demonstrations, training sessions and meetings, all equipped with the latest technology.

Customer base

Jenoptik’s metrology targets customers from the automotive industry and, increasingly, also other industrial customers, who are focused on manufacturing high-precision parts. The product portfolio includes contact and non-contact production metrology with micrometer precision for the pneumatic, tactile or optical testing of roughness, contours and shape as well as the inspection of dimensions and surfaces as process and quality control. The focus of future development is on smart manufacturing and automation solutions based on optical and photonic technologies for automotive and industrial customers.

The company is investing in modern development and production facilities as well as customer centers. “For the Automotive division, investments in modern development and production facilities as well as customer centers ensure sustainable growth”, says CFO and Head of Division Hans-Dieter Schumacher. In the Automotive division, for example, the new technology campus at the US Rochester Hills site was inaugurated in spring last year. A new plant is also under construction at the Bayeux site in France.

The Jenoptik Group’s investments are expected to rise from just under 38 million euros in 2017 to well above 40 million euros in the current financial year.

LASYS 2018: Jenoptik demonstrates new laser material processing solutions

The Jenoptik Automotive, Healthcare & Industry, and Optical Systems divisions are also showcasing together at LASYS, the only international trade fair focused on laser material processing, from June 5-7, 2018, in Hall 4, Booth D17.

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