Bühler has confirmed that it is set to invest CHF 50 million into creating an innovation campus at its facilities in Uzwil, Switzerland.
According to the company, the three-year project will considerably strengthen its technology capabilities as its moves forward with its programme of machinery and equipment development.
Its work will commence in Q3 of this year, with completion expected to be in the beginning of 2019. “We aim to drive business growth through innovations that contribute to a better future for many more generations to come”, said Stefan Scheiber, CEO of Bühler, of its latest project in its 150-year history.
“Sustainability is at the core of our innovation and our actions, and with this investment we will strengthen our business focus on delivering sustainable solutions”, added Ian Roberts, chief technology officer of Bühler.
Today the company significantly contributes to the world’s food system and the future of mobility: around 60% of the globally harvested grains are processed on Bühler technology; around 25% of all engine blocks worldwide are made on Bühler Die Casting machines.
The company said that disruptive changes in business and technology represented by digitalisation, along with the challenges of sustainability, and the need for clean mobility are now transforming the industries Bühler supports.
It will be welcoming a full range of partners for the project, from customers, start-ups, academics, apprentices, suppliers, the young or the experienced, to maintain its focus on delivering innovative products and services.
The company said that its investment was part of an ongoing modernisation of the Uzwil site. The programme is aimed at best-in-class innovation, research, training and education, as well as production and logistics.
With the decision to build an innovation campus, including a collaborative centre and upgrading technology labs, Bühler is embarking upon a new chapter of its company history giving strong commitment to Switzerland as a high-tech centre and innovation driver. “We will create an inspiring environment to develop future technologies and digital business models in close partnership with our customers, start-ups, academics, engineers and scientists”, added CEO Stefan Scheiber.
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