GEALAN Formteile Group celebrates grand opening of new project spaceOberkotzau, 20/05/2017, Claudia Gronwald, PR and Advertising
Expansion at headquarters
The GEALAN Formteile Group celebrated the official opening of the new project space in Oberkotzau with 90 modern workstations. Around 1.8 million euros was invested in the building, which was made necessary by strong growth in the company’s project business in recent years.
The Group currently has over 630 employees and generated revenues of 74.2 million euros in 2016.
From idea to conversion
GEALAN Formteile has been around for 32 years now – owner-run, independent and successful.
The management first thought about building a project space in 2014. These ideas matured in light of the many new projects in the pipeline. In November 2015, the decision was made to demolish everything but the exterior walls of the old Siebenstern mustard and canning factory – the building located directly on Hoferstrasse that was purchased from Jackstädt in 2008 – and to create a state-of-the-art open project space.
Demolition work began in February 2016.
“It’s done – time to move into the new project space!”
The relocation took place in September 2016 after a record time of seven months. Ninety highly dedicated colleagues now work in a 1,650 square metre space on two floors. This additional space was made necessary by rapid growth in the project business. It is also vital to the company’s future development.
Revenues in the project business came to 5.3 million euros in 2015, tripled to 15.7 million euros in 2016 and are expected to reach 19.2 million euros in 2018.
In addition to the building, the car park was optimized and the grounds including an outdoor break area established.
Growing together – and happy to be part of the team
Communication is a core focus at the company. This naturally extends to the new project space, where employees are divided into four business units and project teams. The individual colleagues are originally from different areas, such as Sales, Key Account Management, Quality Management, Project Management and Development, and work together in interdisciplinary teams. This calls for mutual understanding and good collaboration.
They support well-known customers such as Bosch, Miele, Viessmann, BMW, Rolls Royce and Porsche.
Successful grand opening – take a look around, try things out, get involved
“I am so pleased to see so many employees here today together with their families and children,” said Managing Director Thomas Fickenscher in his welcoming speech and gave a brief outline of how the project space was created.
The 700 or so guests included the Merbach family, who own Jackstädt GmbH &Co. KG, Schäfer Büromöbel, our reliable, long-standing partner for office furniture, architect Hermann Beyer from Döhlau, garden and landscape planner Sabine Bonnekamp from Rehau and a number of former long-serving employees.
The management was pleased at the success of the grand opening celebration, complete with fantastic weather, a mild breeze and plenty of activities for all guests – young and old.
Attractions at the GEALAN site included demonstrations by the Oberkotzau fire department in cooperation with the Rehau water rescue service, archery with the ATSV Oberkotzau sports club, raft building on the Saale river with outdoor trainers from SyStep, a classic bouncy castle, a GEALAN balloon release, and of course regular tours of the new project space and a performance by GEALAN’s in-house band.
Established in 1985, the GEALAN Formteile Group develops and produces technical injection moulded parts and assemblies.
The family-owned business comprises four operating companies. It offers comprehensive engineering services from the initial idea to the finished industrialized product and uses innovative processes to produce and finish technical plastic parts and components.
Development results and products can be found worldwide in most premium cars and in the heating and hot water sector.
Its highly dedicated employees in particular have helped earn the company its excellent reputation.