Endress+Hauser bolsters sensor production

05 May 2010

Endress+Hauser is pushing research and development, opening a competence centre for silicon pressure sensors in Stahnsdorf, Germany. The instrument specialist will also manufacture sensors in cleanrooms at the site near Berlin.

[L-R] Site manager Dieter Stolze, managing director Matthias Altendorf, district administrator Wolfgang Blasig, CEO Klaus Endress and Mayor Bernd Albers cut the red ribbon.
[L-R] Site manager Dieter Stolze, managing director Matthias Altendorf, district administrator Wolfgang Blasig, CEO Klaus Endress and Mayor Bernd Albers cut the red ribbon.

At the opening ceremony on 30 April 2010, CEO Klaus Endress and managing director Matthias Altendorf welcomed, among other guests, district administrator Wolfgang Blasig and the Stahnsdorf Mayor, Bernd Albers.

Three years ago, Endress+Hauser acquired the plot of 33,000 square meters in the industrial area of Stahnsdorf. After a construction time of 13 months, the new building at the gates of Berlin was occupied at the end of 2009. The investment for the construction amounted to €8.5 million.

The Stahnsdorf site produces silicon sensors and sensor assemblies for pressure instruments. Final assembly takes place in Maulburg in southern Baden as well as plants in India, China, Japan and the US.

“Medium-sized companies, particularly when they invest in research and development, are an example for the sustainability of the District,” said Blasig, district administrator of Potsdam-Mittelmark. “From my perspective, Endress+Hauser makes an essential contribution to the positive economic development of Potsdam-Mittelmark with its establishment in the Stahnsdorf industrial area. With the presence of this innovative company, we can again demonstrate to the State of Brandenburg that the extension of the regional growth centre of Teltow-Kleinmachnow-Stahnsdorf is urgently required”.

The new building of Endress+Hauser in Stahnsdorf was attended to and supported by Zukunfts-Agentur Brandenburg, the business promotion company of the State of Brandenburg. Manager Dr Steffen Kammradt explained: “This investment is an important step for Brandenburg as a high-tech site.”

Guest speaker, Professor Dr Stanislav Gorb from the Christian-Albrecht-University of Kiel, spoke about future prospects from microsensors through to nanotechnology: “Science and industry are working together to investigate new technologies and to make them useful for a wide basis,” he said in his address. He referred to the secrets of nature and enthused the audience with the complexity of their simplicity: “For example, animals have adhesion systems of a surprising quality. Their secret rests in structure and material properties. Modern, high-resolution procedures enable an analysis through to the nanorange and its precise micromechanic characterisation. The new insights from biology are also of great interest for engineering.”

The competence center domiciled before in neighboring Teltow was badly damaged by a fire at the end of May 2009. “Fortunately, the work on the new premises had already advanced considerably,” Altendorf said. The support of partners enabled a restart of production already in September; the new building was occupied at the end of the year. During this time, the associates of the site were intensely supported by the entire group.“

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