Verdion and the global water technology company Xylem have celebrated the laying of the foundation stone for a new production and research facility for water analysis devices in the Achalaich business park in Weilheim in Upper Bavaria.
In addition to representatives from Xylem and Verdion, the mayor of Weilheim, Markus Loth, as well as the District Administrator (Landrätin) Andrea Jochner-Weiss took part in the event.
“WTW, which was rebranded as Xylem in 2016, has been active in Weilheim since 1954 and is therefore firmly rooted locally,” said Ulrich Schwab, Managing Director of Germany at Xylem, Analytics. “Accordingly, we are very happy that we were able to secure a new location in the city with our project partner Verdion for the urgently needed expansion space. The new building enables us to modernise production and increase efficiency and opens up further growth opportunities.” Xylem currently employs around 400 people at its existing location.
“A tailor-made concept for the versatile new location of Xylem will be created at Achalaich in the next few months,” said André Banschus, Executive Director of Verdion. “It covers 15,000 sq m in four parts of the building: a production facility, a distribution centre, a research laboratory, and offices/common areas. When building the production plant in which measuring devices, sensors and accessories are manufactured, we draw on our many years of expertise in the field of delivering state of the art facilities for manufacturing and industrial clients with complex technical requirements.”
The total volume of the project is over €20 million. It is funded by the Canadian Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), which partners with Verdion to finance, develop and manage logistics projects across Europe. After completion at the end of 2020, the property will continue to be held for the institutional investor and will be managed by Verdion. Xylem has signed a 15-year lease.
Xylem’s Analytics business unit manufactures physico-chemical analysis devices for applications in the areas of water, wastewater, marine and coastal waters, food, beverages, the environment, chemistry and pharmacy. It is moving from the existing location on Dr.
-Karl-Slevogt-Strasse to the modern, needs-based facility.
Weilheim is located about 50 km southwest of Munich, near the Ammersee and the Starnberger See. The Achalaich industrial area is connected to the B2, which, as Germany’s longest federal highway, connects Berlin via Munich with Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Weilheim is also on the Munich – Garmisch-Partenkirchen railway line.