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.
“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.”
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.”