Schaffhausen, 27th August 2018 – The 13,500-square-meter manufacturing center for IWC Schaffhausen, which was integrally designed by ATP Zurich, has been inaugurated. The official opening of the new production facility for components, movements and cases represents a milestone in the 150-year-history of the Swiss manufacturer of luxury watches.
According to Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen, the new manufacturing center combines craftsmanship and high-technology: “But the building doesn’t only offer optimal manufacturing conditions and an excellent workplace environment for our employees – it also embodies the spirit of the IWC brand and enables visitors from all over the world to experience the production of our movements and cases at first hand.”
IWC had grown strongly in recent years and increasingly tested the capacity limits of its existing premises. Due to the simultaneous strategic decision to strengthen its expertise in the manufacture of its own watches, IWC decided in favor of creating a new building. “The new building has opened up to us the possibility of shaping our production processes in a way that is ideal for both an optimal process and perfect quality,” says Andreas Voll, COO of IWC Schaffhausen, addressing the new spatial program. “For example, the entire value chain, from the raw materials via the individual components to the completed movement, is organized in a logical sequence on just one level. I have dreamed about this ever since joining IWC in 2007.”
The manufacturing center was completed in a construction period of just 21 months.