The order book for the German Division is very healthy, enabling Stadler Pankow to expand its existing capacity. As part of this expansion of capacity for the production of rail vehicles, a new Stadler Pankow GmbH assembly location will be set up in Hohenschönhausen.
“Our current order book and plans for the future have made this step necessary,” says Michael Daum, Director of Stadler Pankow GmbH. “At the same time, we are making a clear commitment to the region.”
Stadler Pankow GmbH, which also owns the Velten site in Brandenburg, will invest in existing infrastructure in Hohenschönhausen. A final assembly location for rail vehicles will be created, increasing current capacity by approximately 50%. Start of production at the new site is planned for July.
Building a new bodyshell plant
Stadler will also grow qualitatively, and the founding of a new company in Berlin-Reinickendorf – Stadler Reinickendorf GmbH – is a further commitment to Berlin as an industrial location. Stadler Reinickendorf’s goal is to set up a bodyshell plant.
“In Reinickendorf we will be manufacturing our bodyshells for the KISS double-decker multiple-unit trains which are needed to fulfil the order for the Berlin-Brandenburg light rail network. The bodyshells for the Luxembourg Railways order will also be manufactured in Reinickendorf,” adds Michael Daum.
The total investment will be around EUR 10 million.
Development, design and administration will continue to be located at the Stadler Pankow GmbH head office, in Berlin-Pankow.
With this expansion, Stadler Pankow GmbH will have a total of four locations – three in Berlin and one in the district of Oberhavel/Brandenburg, which will produce assembly modules for rail vehicles and commission Stadler vehicles.
Further expansion of workforce planned
Around 300 more jobs will be created by 2013. Michael Daum is delighted, “Our plan is to be employing considerably more than 1,000 people in the region by then – all four locations in Berlin and Brandenburg will profit from this growth.”