24 November 2022
German drives and fans manufacturer Ziehl-Abegg is investing €100 million in the construction of a new production plant in the USA.
Ziehl-Abegg says this is the largest single investment at one location in the company's 112-year history and is the result of the strong growth in fans in the markets in Mexico, Canada and the USA.
Increased demand in North America has enabled the Greensboro, North Carolina, site to accelerate its rate of expansion since its inception in 2004. In the first 10 years, the number of employees at Ziehl-Abegg in the USA grew from 0 to 40; in the past 8 years it has already increased from 40 to 230, and by 2030 it is anticipated that there will be 800 people working for Ziehl-Abegg in the USA.
The new plant, with administration building attached, will be constructed in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, about 20km away from the existing site. The building, covering an area of 46,500 square metres, is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2024. The existing production plant will then be relocated to the new site in 2025.
Chief operating officer Joachim Ley said: “We will not only be expanding capacities but also increasing the level of vertical integration. Thanks to a fully system of self-contained system of production, starting with the motors, we will be able to offer our customers a high degree of flexibility and short delivery times.”
"In the medium term, we will also be setting up a development hub with a laboratory in Winston-Salem,” added Ziehl-Abegg US MD Mirco Herrman.