Construction of the new building commenced in May 2009; the investment was around five million Euros. Following seven months of construction time, the Production, Mechanical Engineering, and Warehouse departments took only three days to ‘move house.’ The Product Management and Management departments will follow in the spring. The new facilities, directly adjoining the existing premises, doubles the ground floor in size from 3500 m² to 7000 m². The additional space is primarily designed to achieve greater manufacturing efficiencies, with a significant increase in capacity.
“Erecting this building was a real ‘tour de force,’ emphasises CEO Philipp Lawo. “It is the largest expansion in the company’s history and is a clear commitment to this location, and to the preservation and growth of jobs.” The company, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, employs 185 staff worldwide – 160 in Rastatt alone, where the R&D and Production departments have been based right from the start.
Vertical integration used in the manufacturing process – from market-oriented product development to the scheduling, construction, and production of the completed product – ensures a high quality standard for the products, thanks to the test routines incorporated in every phase of the manufacturing process. Lawo places great emphasis on the continuous improvement of their products, as well as developing new features and new products. The company’s driving innovation was recognized with a Silver award at the 2008 German Economy Innovation Awards.
Lawo is a manufacturer of digital audio networking systems and consoles for a wide range of applications from small to large scale audio production in television and radio, post production, and live sound. Established in the 1970s, the company’s manufacturing center is located in the Rhine valley town of Rastatt, Germany. For additional information on all Lawo products, visit the company online at www.lawo.ca.
Photo info: Image of Lawo CEO Philipp Lawo (far right) cutting the ceremonial ribbon at the opening of the company’s new facility in Rastatt, Germany.