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IWC Schaffhausen Celebrates The Inauguration of its New Manufaktur-Zentrum

IWC Schaffhausen marked the inauguration of its new Manufakturzentrum with a celebration.

Schaffhausen (Switzerland), 27th August 2018

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. A great many representatives from the commercial and industrial sectors as well as the political arena were in attendance, including Christian Amsler and Peter Neukomm. They were joined in Schaffhausen by IWC brand ambassadors such as Fabian Cancellara and Patrick Seabase.

Peter Neukomm (Mayor of the City of Schaffhausen) joined IWC CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr for the official opening of the new production facility of the Swiss luxury watchmaking brand on the 27th of August 2018.

Peter Neukomm (Mayor of the City of Schaffhausen) and Christian Amsler (District President of the City Schaffhausen) joined IWC CEO Christoph Grainger-Herr.

“Back in 1868, our founder Florentine Ariosto Jones was already pairing traditional watchmaking with advanced production methods. Ever since he established this approach to engineering, we have been systematically developing it; even today, we continue to combine skilled workmanship and sophisticated technology in our new Manufakturzentrum. But the building has more to offer than just optimal conditions for production and excellent working conditions for our employees – it also embodies the spirit of the IWC brand and allows visitors from all over the world to see up close how our manufacture movements and cases are produced.”

Christoph Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen

In its new production plant, over an area spanning 13,500 square metres, the Schaffhausen-based 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.”

Andreas Voll, COO of IWC Schaffhausen
A great many representatives from the commercial and industrial sectors as well as the political arena were in attendance at the opening ceremony. 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 ceremonywere IWC ambassadors such as Fabian Cancellara and Patrick Seabase.
(Photos by Adrian Bretscher/Getty Images for IWC)