Ziehl-Abegg investing 100 million dollars in the construction of a new US production plant

13 February 2023 | Int. Greenhouse Guide | ZIEHL-ABEGG SE

Ziehl-Abegg management (from left): Thomas Brommer (ZA group), Jimmy Mitchell (ZA USA), Dr. Marc Wucherer (CEO ZA group), Joachim Ley (ZA group) and Mirco Herrmann (ZA USA). 

German manufacturer of electric drives and fans is boosting its production and sales activities in North America

“This day marks the beginning of Ziehl-Abegg’s 100-million-dollar investment into a new, cutting-edge production plant for the North American market.”, says Dr. Marc Wucherer, Chief Executive Officer of the fan manufacturer Ziehl-Abegg.  This is the largest single investment at one location in the company’s 113-year history and is the result of the strong growth in quiet, robust and energy-saving fans in the markets in Mexico, Canada and the USA.

Growth in North America has enabled the Greensboro (North Carolina) site to increasingly accelerate its rate of expansion since its inception in 2004. The figures are impressive: In the first 10 years, the number of employees at Ziehl-Abegg in the USA only grew from 0 to 40; in the past 8 years it has already increased from 40 to 230. And by 2030, it is anticipated that there will be 800 people working for Ziehl-Abegg in the USA. The headquarters of Ziehl-Abegg USA is responsible for North America and has eleven sales offices to serve the markets in the USA, Mexico and Canada.

Ziehl-Abegg is a world leader in the field of ventilation and drive technology, in combination with the corresponding control technology. “In addition to data centers, areas of application for the products include heating and refrigeration systems, clean rooms and agricultural systems,” says Mirco Herrmann, the US Managing Director of Ziehl-Abegg. The new plant, with administration building attached, will be constructed in Winston-Salem (North Carolina). This is about 20 kilometers away from the existing site. The building, covering an area of 46,500 square meters, is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2024. The existing production plant will then be relocated to the new site in 2025.

The production plant will have a high level of vertical integration. Chief Operating Officer Ley: “We will not only be expanding capacities but also increasing the level of vertical integration. Thanks to a system of fully self-contained production, starting with the motors, we will be able to offer our customers a high degree of flexibility and short delivery times.” Winding machines, welding robots and CNC machines haven been installed for this purpose. Due to the location’s central function, the site will include a high-bay warehouse, which optimizes vertical storage capacity. “And in the mid-term, we will also be setting up a development hub with a laboratory in Winston-Salem,” says Mirco Herrmann. This will utilize an extensive system of air measurement and motor test rigs.


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