IWC begins construction of new production unit in Schaffhausen
Schaffhausen based luxury watch-maker IWC (Richemont Group) celebrated this week the go-ahead for work to begin on the new production and technology centre in the Merishausertal on the outskirts of Schaffhausen.
With an investment totalling around 40 million Swiss francs, this new building represents the largest expansion of production facilities to date. It follows the addition of the East Annex in 2005 and the West Annex in 2008 to the premises in the old town, which were constructed to meet growing demand. The company which currently employs 800, was able to secure development rights for the 20,000-square-metre site thanks in no small part to the residents of Schaffhausen.
Upon completion of the new building in October 2016, the Schaffhausen- based watch manufacturer will relocate the case and parts manufacturing departments along with the movement assembly to the Merishausertal. State-of-the-art workstations will be provided for a total of 250 employees across a floor space of 13,000 square metres, while the building’s capacity allows for up to 400 workstations.
The large expanses of green and the elegant architecture of the two-storey flat-roofed construction ensure that the staggered building complex blends seamlessly into the topography of the Merishausertal. The new manufacturing centre is not just the product of IWC’s philosophy and its dedication to climate protection and ecological responsibility