Heavy blow for the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen: The traditional company Geiger Automotive, one of the largest employers in the region, turns its back on Murnau and moves to Penzberg.
The decision had already been made in the spring.
Murnau / Penzberg
Murnau / Penzberg
- Moving plans are nothing new at Geiger Automotive.
In the past, appropriate mind games were repeatedly played on the executive floor of the crisis-tested automotive supplier with headquarters in the Neu-Egling district of Murnau.
The background to this is well known: The company, which specializes in the manufacture of plastic parts for the automotive industry and belongs to the Japanese Sanoh Group, lacks expansion opportunities in the idyllic location on the Riegsee.
Two plants are relocated to Penzberg
Now the company is getting serious: the two Bavarian plants in Murnau and Ziemetshausen will be relocated to the neighboring district of Weilheim-Schongau in Penzberg by December 31, 2022 - in the former plant of Hörmann Automotive Penzberg GmbH (HAP), which will be closed this summer made.
Martin Thorbjörnson, Managing Director of Geiger Automotive GmbH, explains this in a press release.
This step does not come as a surprise: This scenario was already known in March this year (we reported).
The company cites the reasons for the lower capacity utilization, especially in the wake of the corona pandemic, the lack of a strategic advantage with two very close production sites and a weak infrastructure at these locations.
"Therefore, important optimizations for future competitiveness in production and logistics cannot be fully implemented", Thorbjörnson writes in the best managerial speech.
The final decision was made after examining various options - including a new building on the green field near Murnau or Ziemetshausen - in Japan.
In Penzberg they want to "invest heavily", use cost advantages and in this way secure the future of the company.
400 employees are expected to find a job there.
Geiger Automotive wants to offer all employees in Murnau and Ziemetshausen the opportunity to move to the former mining town.
There should also be support for this, for example in the form of relocation allowances or help with the search for living space.
The schedule is ambitious: the first relocation measures should begin at the end of this year and affect the areas of administration, sales, procurement, engineering and logistics at the Murnau location.
According to Geiger Automotive, the relocation of production will start shortly thereafter and should be completed by December 2021.
In Ziemetshausen, this entire process is planned from August 2021 to December 31, 2022.
The future plant in Penzberg has a total production and logistics area of around 30,000 square meters as well as offices and lounges with an area of around 3,500 square meters.
Geiger Automotive was founded in 1960 and currently operates six plants in four countries: Germany, USA, China and Mexico.
In 2019, the GmbH reported a turnover of 170 million euros and employed 1,000 people.
The head office and the production facility are located in Murnau.
Further plants in Germany are located in Ziemetshausen and Tambach-Dietharz (Thuringia).