Ziehl-Abegg Investing 100 Million Euros in the Construction of a New US Production Plant

Ziehl-Abegg Investing 100 Million Euros in the Construction of a New US Production Plant

ZIEHL-ABEGG (USA) - Press Release: German manufacturer of electric drives and fans is boosting its production and sales activities in North America.

“We are investing 100 million euros in a completely new production plant in the USA”, says Joachim Ley, Chief Operating Officer of the fan manufacturer Ziehl-Abegg. 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 quiet, robust and energy-saving fans in the markets in Mexico, Canada and the USA.

Growth in North America has enabled the Greensboro (North Carolina) site to increasingly accelerate its rate of expansion since its inception in 2004. The figures are impressive: In the first 10 years, the number of employees at Ziehl-Abegg in the USA only 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 headquarters of Ziehl-Abegg USA is responsible for the whole of North America and has eleven sales offices serving the markets in the USA, Mexico and Canada.

Ziehl-Abegg is a world leader in the field of ventilation and drive technology, in combination with the corresponding control technology. "In addition to data centres, areas of application for the products include heating and refrigeration systems, clean rooms and agricultural systems,” says Mirco Herrmann, the US Managing Director of Ziehl-Abegg.

The new plant, with administration building attached, will be constructed in Winston-Salem (North Carolina). This is about 20 kilometres 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.

The production plant will have a high level of vertical integration. Chief Operating Officer Ley: “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.” Winding machines, welding robots and CNC machines haven been installed for this purpose. Due to the location’s central function, the site will include a high-bay warehouse.“ And in the medium term, we will also be setting up a development hub with a laboratory in Winston-Salem,” says Mirco Herrmann. This will require an extensive system of air measurement and motor test rigs.


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Ziehl-Abegg will be making the largest single investment in the company's history in order to expand production and sales in the USA.


About Ziehl-Abegg:

Ziehl-Abegg (Künzelsau, Germany) is one of the leading global companies in the field of ventilation, control and drive technology. In the 1950s, Ziehl-Abegg established the basis for modern fan drives: external rotor motors which even today are still seen as state-of-the-art worldwide. Another area of business is electric motors which provide the power, for example, for elevators, medical applications (computer tomography equipment) or deep-sea underwater vehicles. The theme of electro-mobility for motor vehicles was established as part of the Ziehl-Abegg Automotive Team in 2012.

The high-tech company has an impressive innovative capability. Ziehl-Abegg employs 2,600 personnel in its production plants in southern Germany. The company has a global workforce of 4,700 spread between 16 production plants, 29 companies and 112 sales locations. The products, approx. 30,000 in all, are sold in more than 100 countries. Turnover totals 716 million euros, with exports accounting for three quarters of the figure, (all numbers refer to the year 2021).

Emil Ziehl founded the company in Berlin in 1910 as a manufacturer of electric motors. After World War II the company’s headquarters were relocated to southern Germany. Ziehl-Abegg SE is not a listed company but instead is family-owned.

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