Eurocopter breaks ground for its new integrated development center in Donauwörth

A groundbreaking ceremony at Eurocopter’s German site in Donauwörth today marked the official start of construction work on the company’s new integrated development center, part of the Systemhaus project.

With the Systemhaus project, Donauwörth will concentrate all the resources, skills and equipment required to develop, manufacture, certify and maintain helicopters in one location. Development activities that currently are located at Eurocopter’s Ottobrunn site will be integrated into the new building complex, which will have a surface area of 30,000 square meters and is to be situated adjacent to the plant’s existing assembly facilities.

“The Systemhaus project is an integral part of Eurocopter’s Vision 2020 strategy and will form the basis for a promising helicopter technology site in Germany – pooling all the necessary key competencies to develop, manufacture and maintain rotary-wing aircraft at one location and securing these capabilities for the future,” said Lutz Bertling, President & CEO of the Eurocopter Group.

In the future, this new integrated development center will host development activities, along with the System Support Center which is run in cooperation with the German Army. Research facilities, simulators and test benches will all be located on the ground floor, while office space on the floor above will follow a flexible office-concept – allowing creativity and a communicative exchange.

Staff from the existing Ottobrunn site will relocate to Donauwörth once construction work has been completed in late 2012. Approximately 780 Ottobrunn employees are affected by the transition. “Our goal is to accommodate all staff and skills from Ottobrunn in Donauwörth,” said Friedrich Hormel, Director of Human Resources and Senior Vice President of Eurocopter Deutschland GmbH. “We currently are collaborating with the works council, especially to support the relocation and integration – offering future-oriented working conditions at the Donauwörth site, and introducing the option of mobile working.”

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