Endress+Hauser is concentrating the development and production of silicon pressure sensors at one location in Germany. The company is planning to expand capacity at its Stahnsdorf site and shut down the Kassel production facilities by the middle of 2018. The Kassel workforce will be offered equivalent jobs in Stahnsdorf.
“Over the medium term we will reach the limits of our production capacity for silicon pressure sensors,” says Dr Andreas Mayr, Managing Director of the Endress+Hauser production center for level and pressure measurement engineering, headquartered in Maulburg, Germany. The company currently produces such sensors in Kassel as well as in Stahnsdorf near Berlin. “Expanding both facilities would not be economically feasible,” explains Andreas Mayr. “That’s why we decided to concentrate the production of silicon sensors in Stahnsdorf.”
Endress+Hauser plans to expand the Stahnsdorf center of competence for silicon pressure sensor engineering by the middle of 2018. The plant, which has been in operation since 2009, is already equipped with the clean rooms needed for the manufacture of these high-quality sensors. Additional assembly and office spaces will be built on existing properties. With all of the production capacity at a single location, the rented premises in Kassel will eventually be vacated.
Endress+Hauser (endress.com) uses the pressure sensors to manufacture measurement instruments in Germany, the United States, China, India and Brazil. Managing Director Andreas Mayr underscores the significance of the pressure measurement engineering business, which is experiencing solid growth: “Integrated manufacturing in Stahnsdorf will help us secure and expand our competitive position in Germany over the long term.”
Job offers for Kassel employees
With its decision to consolidate sensor production in Stahnsdorf, Endress+Hauser will cease operations in Kassel, which have belonged to the Group since 1993. All of the approximately 80 employees will be offered positions in Stahnsdorf, in addition to moving assistance packages. “Employees who do not want or cannot move to Stahnsdorf will receive extensive support as well,” assures Andreas Mayr.