Monday, 26 August 2013

ZKW opens new electronics plant in Wiener Neustadt

Production of electronic modules for LED headlights fully up and running

New ZKW electronics plant in Wiener Neustadt
ZKW, an Austrian company specialising in automotive lighting systems, has ignited the next stage in its expansion by opening a new electronics competence centre in Wiener Neustadt. After just eight months of construction work, series production of electronic modules for LED headlights began back in May of this year. The first deliveries of now 75,000 controllers followed in June, while a three-shift operation has been in place since July. Some 240,000 modules and 60 skilled jobs are planned by the end of the year. "The new location has extended our product range to include electronic components that are also used in our LED headlights. The LED systems offer the benefits of intelligent light control and daylight-quality light colour", said Hubert Schuhleitner, CEO of the ZKW Group.

With construction work having started in October 2012, the new state-of-the-art plant is now becoming fully operational. The lighting system specialist from Lower Austria is designing and producing electronic LED controllers on a total area of some 15,500 square metres. 3,494 square metres are devoted to production, the laboratory and logistics, while offices are accommodated on 1,042 square metres. In addition to the already fully automated assembly line, two further production systems are planned for the first quarter of 2014. These should allow for the series assembly of printed circuit boards, amongst other things, with sample production for this already in operation. In addition to this, ZKW is developing its own system for high-precision LED placement.

A focus on further growth

ZKW designs and produces high-quality lighting systems for automakers such as Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volvo. The Wieselburg-based company with six locations was able to increase overall sales to EUR 521 million in 2012. Its personnel numbers rose accordingly from 3,378 employees in 2011 to 3,887 by the end of 2012. The company is continuing to recruit skilled workers for its locations. "By opening the new electronics plant in Wiener Neustadt, we are focusing more intensively on pioneering LED technology and considerably expanding this business area. Our goal is to achieve further growth and sales of EUR 602 million in 2013", said. Hubert Schuhleitner, CEO of the ZKW Group.

"The decision to locate ZKW Elektronik GmbH in the ecoplus Business Park Wiener Neustadt is a vote of confidence in Lower Austria as a place of business and technology. Our regional economic policy sets the right priorities and offers a comprehensive service package to companies wishing to locate in Lower Austria or expand their operations there. This strategy is paying off and 52 location and expansion projects have already been agreed since the start of 2013 with the help of ecoplus. This has meant the creation and securing of 785 jobs", said State Minister for Economic Affairs Dr. Petra Bohuslav. 

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