Verdion has agreed a deal with global water technology company Xylem to develop a research and production facility for water analysis equipment at a site in Weilheim, Southern Germany.
Verdion has acquired a 290,628 sq ft (27,000 sq m) plot in the new Achalaich industrial park in Weilheim in Upper Bavaria from the City of Weilheim. The total investment volume of the project amounts to over 20m euros.
The property with a total GLA of 141,640 sq ft (15,000 sq m) will consist of four elements: a production plant, in which measuring instruments, sensors and accessories are to be manufactured; a distribution centre; a research laboratory; offices and community space. Xylem has signed a 15-year lease for the facility.
The company’s analytics business manufactures physicochemical analysis equipment for applications in the fields of water, wastewater, marine and coastal waters, food, beverages, environment, chemicals and pharmaceuticals. The company will move from its existing location in Dr.-Karl-Slevogt-Strasse in Weilheim to this modern, bespoke facility.
Xylem employs around 400 people in Weilheim. The company has been at its current location since 1954 and has an urgent need for more space due to its steady growth. “The new property enables us to significantly modernise and increase efficiency as well as realise growth opportunities,” says Ulrich Schwab, Managing Director of Xylem’s analytics business in Germany.
“We were very pleased to present Xylem with a compelling, tailor-made concept for this versatile new location,” says André Banschus, Managing Director of Verdion Germany. “Another decisive factor was our expertise in the light industrial sector.”
Last year, for example, Verdion completed an office and production building for high-performance alloys for Materion Advanced Materials Germany in Alzenau, Northern Bavaria.
Construction for Xylem is expected to start at the end of this or the beginning of next year. Weilheim is located about 50 km southwest of Munich, near Lake Ammer and Lake Starnberg. The Achalaich industrial estate is connected to the B2, Germany’s longest federal highway, which connects Berlin via Munich with Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Weilheim is also on the Munich-Garmisch-Partenkirchen railway line.
The project development is financed by the Canadian pension fund Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), with which Verdion maintains a partnership for the financing, development and management of logistics properties throughout Europe. The property will remain part of the institutional investor’s portfolio after planned completion at the end of 2020 and will be managed by Verdion.