maxon motor builds new Innovation Centre

Company to invest CHF 30 million at its headquarters

Drive specialist maxon motor is expanding its headquarters in Switzerland. Construction of the new Innovation Centre is due to start in February. The building is scheduled to be ready for use by summer 2018.

maxon motor is getting in shape for the future. The specialist manufacturer of DC motors and drive systems is expanding its headquarters in Switzerland, by building an Innovation Centre. The new facility will provide space for the research, development and production of medical drives. The Medical department will have double its current space. On a floor area of over 2,000 square metres (nearly 25,000 sq ft), the smallest maxon motors will be manufactured, some with a thickness of only 4 millimeters (0.16 in). These motors are used in applications such as insulin pumps, medication delivery systems and surgical robots. In order to meet the stringent quality demands in the medical field, the production area will be equipped with clean rooms, including a biocompatible room. With these measures, maxon motor is creating the basis for further growth in this important field.


Why is maxon building an Innovation Centre?

maxon motor strives to continue its sustainable growth. The drive specialist already has more than 30 sales companies and six production sites worldwide. However, the backbone continues to be the Obwalden headquarters with its more than 1,200 employees. Here an even stronger focus will be placed on research & development, medical technology, complete drive systems (mechatronics) and Industry 4.0. "The new Innovation Centre is a move to strengthen our Swiss headquarters in order to become stronger internationally", says maxon CEO Eugen Elmiger.


maxon will invest approximately CHF 30 million in the Innovation Center.


Innovation Center construction project


Start of construction:      February 2017

Move-in date:                Summer 2018

Cost:                              Approximately CHF 30 million

Floor levels:                   Six (including two basement levels)

Surface:                         2318 square meters (24,950 sq ft)

Height of building:         Approximately 20 meters (65 ft)

Volume:                         43,500 cubic meters (154,000 cu ft)

Use:                               maxon medical, research & development, equipment, sample shop, apprentice workshop

Jobs:                              350

Parking spaces:              70      

Surroundings:                Enhancement by trees and biotope

Solar installation:          Generating 180 megawatt hours of electricity per year


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