• New building with 7,000 square meters for production and logistics
  • New construction as investment in growth and competitiveness
  • Integration of lean production concepts for an efficient production
  • Contemporary design concept with areas for communication and creativity
  • Clear commitment to Bremen as production location and further creation of jobs

Bremen – On Tuesday, 12th of December, in the presence of employees and business partners, the executive board of the industrial company SIKORA AG laid the foundation stone for the new production building at the headquesters in Bremen-Mahndorf. In the process, a time capsule will be placed into the prepared foundation. The expansion of the location creates more space for an efficient production and logistics as well as perfect conditions for communication, creativity and innovation. The completion of the building is scheduled for November 2018.

The new building of SIKORA AG creates more space for production and logistics (Visualization: Gruppe GME)
The new building, with an effective area of 7,000 square meters, offers space for production and logistics on three floors including a stacked storey with areas for communication and creativity purposes for new ideas and innovation. The building will be erected on the site of the old production building, which had been demolished during the last weeks. The production has been moved to a building 400 meters away in order to maintain short ways to the management, administration and development team. The project is being supported by BAB – The development bank for Bremen and Bremerhaven.

“The expansion at the production location Bremen is a strategic future investment”, says Dr. Christian Frank, CEO of SIKORA AG. “We invest in further growth and global competitiveness.” Strong growth as well as diversification of the company in new markets and the accompanying new and further developments of technologies and devices prompted the expansion. Today, SIKORA serves the four industrial areas wire & cable, optical fiber, hose & tube and plastics with innovative measuring, control, inspection and sorting technology. “With our product portfolio that grew significantly in the last years for the cable segment as well as in the area of optical fiber measuring technology and the hose, tube, sheet and plastics industry, we reached the limits of our capacity with the existing building”, says Dr. Christian Frank. The new building offers 350 % more space for the strong growing businesses.

Dr. Christian Frank, CEO SIKORA AG
The expansion will also be used to make existing procedures even more efficient and innovative. The integration of modern lean production concepts is a key element in order to increase productivity. Prior to the construction of the new building, an intensive planning phase took place where existing processes were recorded in order to optimize material flows from incoming goods, via production up to the shipping department. The result is a more efficient and innovative production to ensure highest product quality as well as delivery reliability.

The architectural realization of the production building is carried out by Gruppe GME, who also realized the previous three SIKORA buildings. “The challenge was to find a design concept that emphasizes the contemporary character of the new building and also harmonizes with the existing two buildings”, explains architect Jürgen Keil, associate of Gruppe GME. He adds, “We have found a perfect solution that combines the contemporary and traditional elements. This is reflected in the design of the exterior as well as the interior planning, which, in addition to production specific aspects, offers creative areas for communication purposes and new ideas”.

With the new construction, SIKORA also makes a clear commitment to Bremen as production location. “We want to continue gaining qualified employees for our company in Bremen and to remain attractive for them”, explains Dr. Christian Frank. This year, new employees were already hired for production and logistic. “In 2018, our work force will continue to grow in order to meet the increasing requirements of the market”, says Frank.

SIKORA AG is a leading manufacturer and supplier of measuring and control technology for the hose and tube, wire and cable as well as optical fiber and plastic industry. With over 250 employees worldwide, 14 international offices and more than 30 regional representatives, the company provides customers with innovative product solutions and individual service. The measuring and control systems are exclusively made at the headquarters in Bremen Mahndorf. Innovation, product quality and customer satisfaction defines the daily activities at SIKORA AG.

About Gruppe GME
Gruppe GME Architekten BDA together with GME Design comprises a team of 35 architects, draftsmen, interior designers and designers and is located in Bremen and Achim. Since their foundation in 1971, the team has been working on projects on behalf of companies, institutes and private owners. Their main focus lies on the construction and refurbishment of nurseries and schools, construction of offices, administrative and hotel buildings as well as family homes and accommodations. The office provides all work phases according to the fee structure of architects and engineers as well as all planning services as general planer upon request. Their scope of services is complemented by the fields of activity interior design, project development and project management. For more information, please visit: www.gruppe-gme.de.