Erbe opens new sustainable production facilities

Erbe Elektromedizin has inaugurated a new production and development building in Rangendingen, Germany, after three years of construction. At 90 million euros, the new 25,000 m² building is the largest single investment in the company's history and represents another important part in the global network.

The building combines production, product development, logistics and administration. Erbe will now develop and produce medical technology instruments for customers all over the world at its Rangendingen site near Tübingen. With the new building, the company is expanding its capacities to ensure it is fully equipped to deal with the consequences of global crises. The building is a pioneering achievement in terms of ecological, social and economic sustainability.

“We have set the course for a new standard with our construction project in Rangendingen,” explains Marcus Felstead, Chief Commercial Officer. “Because tomorrow's customers will place even more value on sustainability than we already do today, we want to meet these demands.”

Both planning and construction of the building had this as a goal. In order to realise ecological, social and economic aspects of the corporate strategy and combine them in an industrial building, Erbe relied on the use of high-quality ecological building materials for the supporting structure and the façade, the use of renewable energy technology and the implementation of numerous measures for an optimal working environment for employees.

A highlight of the building is one of the largest photovoltaic systems in the region. The 2,800 solar panels on the roof with an output of 1 MW produce 610,000 kWh of electricity per year and cover a third of the energy required for operations. This is supplemented by a combined heat and power plantmpowered by CO2-neutral biogas.

“We followed the most demanding standards for energy efficiency and achieved KfW Efficiency House Level 40 Plus,” explains Christian O. Erbe. “This makes our new building one of the pioneers of this type of industrial building.”

The KfW Efficiency House Standard 40 Plus means that the building requires only 40 percent of the energy of a conventional building of the same size.

Up to 500 employees will be working on site. They will benefit from a modern, employee-centered working environment. The company's social responsibility also includes a distinctive health concept for employees, including company medical care, and novel on-site health and fitness facilities to attract and retain employees.

 

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