Jenoptik to invest €11M in new Industrial Metrology production facility

220 industrial metrology employees will have access to the latest development, production, and office areas.

Jenoptik (Jena, Germany) will invest €11 million (~$12.8 million) in its Industrial Metrology division (Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany) with a new production facility, where its 220 metrology employees will have access to the latest development, production, and office areas for global automotive and industrial customers.

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

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.

The company's metrology offerings target 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 noncontact production metrology with micrometer precision for pneumatic, tactile, or optical testing of roughness, contours, and shape, as well as 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 Rochester Hills, MI site was inaugurated in spring 2017. 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 in 2017 to well above €40 million in the current financial year.

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