Schmalz has held a subsidiary and other sales offices in Japan and been active in the market for the last 15 years. The automation and handling specialist employs around 1300 employees worldwide across 18 locations. The Japanese company, Schmalz K.K., has grown steadily in recent years and currently employs around 40 people. “We have seen very strong growth and we still believe there is huge potential for vacuum automation,” explains Arne Gaedtgens, Managing Director of Schmalz K.K. Schmalz vacuum components and gripping systems have proven successful in sectors such as the automotive industry, the packaging industry, the electronics industry and the glass industry. “The only way we can provide optimal support for our customers is with a central office that is perfectly suited to the task. So we are very excited that the building is finally ready,” says Gaedtgens.
With a total area of approximately 1400 m² and four floors, the new building houses modern workspaces and sales offices, an area for assembling components and assemblies, a spacious testing facility including a showroom and a warehouse. From a structural perspective, the Japanese standards such as earthquake protection were not the only influential factors. Wolfgang Schmalz, Managing Director of J. Schmalz GmbH, explains: “Our sustainable business practices do not stop at the German border. Numerous other measures will help us to save large amounts of energy in and around the building, and even produce our own energy.” The new central office in Japan features photovoltaic solar cells, highly efficient thermal insulation, a charging station for electric cars and more. In the densely populated megacity of Yokohama, greenery on the facades and rooftops provides valuable ecological compensation areas.
“This new building is a clear sign of our commitment to the Japanese market. We are setting the course for future growth,” stated Dr. Kurt Schmalz in his speech to numerous Schmalz K.K. customers, employees and political representatives to mark the opening of the building. Just a few months ago, Schmalz officially opened a new production hall in India and a production and office building on a greenfield site in the USA. According to Dr. Kurt Schmalz, these are logical steps for an increasingly international organization: “We are where our customers are and therefore we need ideal conditions on site.”