Endress + Hauser FlowTec announces expanded Swiss office extension | Automation.com

Endress + Hauser FlowTec announces expanded Swiss office extension

Endress + Hauser FlowTec announces expanded Swiss office extension

May 16, 2017 - Endress+Hauser Flowtec’s story began in the middle of the 1970s. In order to enter the water and wastewater market that was emerging at that time, Endress+Hauser acquired the company ‘Flowtec’ in Bern in 1977. The production of flowmeters in former military barracks in Reinach, Switzerland, started with only three employees. In the meantime, Endress+Hauser Flowtec has become a global company with over 1,700 employees.

For decades, demand for high-quality flowmeters in the process industry has shown no signs of slowing down. Liquids and gases that are transported through pipelines in massive quantities every day need to be measured and billed with greater accuracy than ever before – primarily due to increasingly stringent regulations and growing demand for quality across the globe. “In addition, there are process requirements that vary greatly depending on the industry. For this reason, we need to offer our customers a much wider range of flowmeters today than was the case 20 or 30 years ago. This requires further development of our measuring devices as well as the expansion of our production locations,” explains Bernd-Josef Schäfer.

The new facility in Reinach has been built at the cost of 50 million Swiss francs. This recently completed extension offers an additional 25,000 square meters of space for offices and production, which brings the facility to a total of 74,500 square meters. Endress+Hauser Process Solutions AG, the competence center for process automation and digital communication, is also housed in the new facility.

The new facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art building technology, in particular with a comprehensive energy management system and a photovoltaic system with approximately 3,000 square meters of usable space. This means that nearly 500,000 kilowatt hours of electricity can be produced annually under optimal conditions, corresponding to the requirement of 100 single-family homes. Overall, Endress+Hauser Flowtec fulfills 5 percent of its own power requirement with this solar system.

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