Skilled Work­man­ship & So­phis­ti­cated Tech­nol­ogy

Tra­di­tional watch­mak­ing with modern man­u­fac­tur­ing meth­ods and tech­nolo­gies in IWC’S new Man­u­fak­turzen­trum

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The of­fi­cial open­ing of the new pro­duc­tion plant for move­ment com­po­nents, man­u­fac­ture move­ments and cases is a mile­stone in the Swiss lux­ury watch man­u­fac­turer's 150-year his­tory. In its new pro­duc­tion plant, over an area span­ning 13,500 square me­tres, the Schaffhausen­based watch man­u­fac­turer brings to­gether the pro­duc­tion of move­ment com­po­nents, man­u­fac­ture move­ments and cases un­der one roof – a mile­stone in the com­pany's 150-year his­tory. For An­dreas Voll, COO of IWC Schaffhausen, this sees a long-held

hope of his fi­nally come to fruition, "The new build­ing has given us the op­por­tu­nity to con­fig­ure our pro­duc­tion pro­cesses as is best for en­sur­ing that they run op­ti­mally and pro­duce per­fect qual­ity. So, for ex­am­ple, the en­tire process of cre­at­ing value, from the raw ma­te­rial to the in­di­vid­ual move­ment com­po­nent and on to the fin­ished man­u­fac­ture move­ment, pro­gresses in a log­i­cal or­der on a sin­gle storey. I have been dream­ing of this ever since I started at IWC back in 2007".

The guests num­bered around 130; amongst these were politi­cians such as Chris­tian Am­sler (District Pres­i­dent of the City Schaffhausen) and Pe­ter Neukomm (Mayor of the City Schaffhausen), as well as com­mer­cial and in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives. Also in at­ten­dance at the cer­e­mony were IWC am­bas­sadors such as Fabian Can­cel­lara and Patrick Se­abase.

In re­cent years, IWC has ex­pe­ri­enced a pe­riod of rapid growth, which meant that, in its ex­ist­ing premises, it was in­creas­ingly be­ing held back by its ca­pac­ity lim­its. Af­ter ex­tend­ing that fa­cil­ity twice, it had fi­nally out­grown the site. Be­cause at that time it had been de­cided that IWC should em­bark on the strate­gic ex­pan­sion of its ex­per­tise in move­ment man­u­fac­tur­ing, the com­pany de­cided that a new build­ing was in or­der. The Man­u­fak­turzen­trum was erected over a pe­riod of just 21 months. Around 80 con­struc­tion com­pa­nies were in­volved in the pro­ject, many of these based in the Schaffhausen re­gion.

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