Indersdorf - Great joy at the Indersdorf transmission specialist Sumitomo (SHI) Cyclo Drive Germany, who officially opened the important research and development center Global Research & Development (R&D), which went into operation in February, as part of a family celebration for the workforce.
The company has invested around 5.5 million euros in order to have more resources for the development of innovative gears and drives at the European headquarters in Indersdorf.
The construction of the facility for an international development team testifies to the understanding of the Japanese parent company for the European market, in which customized system solutions are playing an increasingly important role.
Sumitomo managing director (CEO) Florian Butzmann and managing director (CTO) Dr.
Johann Hopfner in addition to the many employees, District Administrator Stefan Löwl, Indersdorf's Mayor Franz Obesser and Johann Liebl, the head of economic development in the district.
As Florian Butzmann emphasized in his opening speech, the Sumitomo Drive Technologies location in Indersdorf, as a value-added location, is primarily focused on the development, production and marketing of precision drives, centrifuges / decanter drives and special gear drive solutions for special requirements in terms of robustness or compactness. “With the new development building we can finally bring all of our test stands under one roof with the offices. But what is even more important: We were given the opportunity to bring global cultures, skills and concepts together, ”said Butzmann happily.
So one is now not only well prepared to “do excellent development work, but also to be able to take on the challenges of the customers”.
Digitization, automation and environmental protection measures mean challenges that can now be better understood and solved.
The new R&D center is of global importance for the company.
It was only due to the corona-related travel restrictions that high-ranking representatives of the Japanese parent company were unable to attend the opening ceremony.
Buschmann read out the greeting from General Manager Akira Yamamoto, who emphasized how important it is to be able to dispose of in a modern working environment and with an international team that works together globally.
"20 years ago the development teams in Japan and Germany were working separately, although our most important product has its roots in Germany," wrote Yamamoto, pointing out that the desire for closer networked cooperation with real exchange had grown over the years. “In which we recognized that we were taking exactly the right step into the future. In a future in which we as a company can fulfill our social responsibility all over the world and face great challenges together and continue to work successfully ”.
The newly built test hall is 950 square meters and has an 850 meter office area on two levels.
15 employees work in construction and development, a further eight employees work in research and development.
222 PV modules with an installed output of 73.26 kWp are mounted on the roof of the test hall.
This is how Florian summarized the 46-year-old Butzmann, whose motto was “Live and let live”: “The company has a perspective”.
Dr. Johann Hopfner, who for many years pulled the strings in Indersdorf and is going into well-deserved retirement in just a few days, was granted the privilege of walking over a red carpet into the stately building and cutting the obligatory opening ribbon. With regard to the new building, he spoke of the fulfillment of a long-cherished dream and a new era at the Indersdorf location with a smart solution, because prior to that there was a lack of modern experimental equipment. Hopfner pointed out that they were building in Indersdorf at a time when other large companies were relocating abroad.
“A step towards securing the location clearly”, said the outgoing boss, who wished District Administrator Stefan Löwl a well-deserved retirement.
Löwl emphasized that he values it when, as at Sumitomo, people invest in the future of their employees.
"An employer who creates highly qualified jobs locally," praised the district administrator.
Mayor Franz Obesser also expressed his joy at the high-tech company that is rooted in the community of Indersdorf.
Löwl and Obesser have of course also strongly advocated Sumitomo Drive Technologies in the building permit process.
Because it is theoretically Oktoberfest time, there were Oktoberfest hearts for all guests.
Florian Butzmann took over the tapping of the beer, during which there was a lot of splashing before he could announce "Ozapf is".
Applause for the new research and development center.