Endress+Hauser expanded its production of silicon pressure sensors
by David Fleschen
Endress+Hauser has expanded its competence centre for silicon pressure sensors in Stahnsdorf near Berlin at a cost of over twelve million euros. To meet the high demand for silicon pressure measurement technology, a new production hall was added to the existing building. In addition, the expansion includes a new office and laboratory building as well as a large outdoor area and parking spaces.
Endress+Hauser has been represented at the Techno-Park in Stahnsdorf since 2009; in 2018, the specialist for measurement and automation technology bundled the production of silicon pressure sensors there, which are also developed directly on site. The expansion increases the usable space at the location to now almost 11,000 square metres, which corresponds to a doubling. The construction work had already been completed in 2019. The official inauguration was postponed due to the pandemic and was now held on Friday, 29 April 2022, with customers and partners as well as representatives from business and politics.
"There is a lot of know-how in the development and production of silicon sensors. Endress+Hauser customers worldwide benefit from the many years of experience of the employees here at the site," says Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group. The sensor elements manufactured in Stahnsdorf are important components for high-quality pressure measuring devices that are installed at locations in Germany, the USA, China, India and Brazil. Production takes place in clean rooms that meet the highest standards.
In 2021, around 375,000 sensor elements were produced in Stahnsdorf. Five years earlier, this figure was less than half. The increase in production capacity also entails a corresponding need for personnel. "In 2017, we announced that we would double the number of employees at the site over the next few years. We have kept this promise: We have since created and filled around 100 new positions, both in production and development," says Martin Laqua, Site Manager at Endress+Hauser in Stahnsdorf. "More people need more space. That's why we not only expanded production, but also set up additional office and laboratory workplaces, meeting rooms and a staff restaurant."
More than 5,500 square metres of planting areas with 200 trees as well as 5,000 shrubs and perennials make up the company's outdoor facilities. The gardens are named "Spreewald" and "Havelland" and serve as meeting and break areas. "We wanted to offer our employees and guests a green atmosphere here, like in a park," says Peter Selders, Managing Director of Endress+Hauser Level+Pressure. This was also confirmed by the jury of the Brandenburg Garden Competition: The facility, in which regional tree and shrub species were deliberately planted, received the award for "most beautiful garden facility in a commercial area" in 2021. The local landscape architecture firm Marcel Adam designed and implemented the garden.
Source and Photo: Endress + Hauser