Zünd Systemtechnik AG`s history is a remarkable success story. Since Karl Zünd founded the company in 1984, it has grown continuously as well as sustainably. Zünd and its nine subsidiaries now employ more than 400 people worldwide. More than 200 of them work at the company&#39;s headquarters in Altstätten, Switzerland.
In order to meet growing space requirements, Zünd, in a first phase, is investing in a building expansion. The three-story addition will provide room for customer service and "The ground floor will be used for training and conference rooms as well as a cafeteria for employees and visitors", explained CEO Oliver Zünd at the groundbreaking ceremony. Environmental concerns are a high priority for company founder Karl Zünd. Both the building exterior and the landscaping will be "greened". This creates surfaces that absorb water runoff. The plans for natural landscaping are a logical continuation of a long-held company philosophy and, according to Karl Zünd, offer additional advantages:
Creating natural shade in the courtyard fosters both pleasing environmental conditions and aesthetically appealing meeting spaces. Zünd Systemtechnik AG is making this contribution to the mindful use of resources out of conviction. Karl Zünd also notes that customers are becoming increasingly concerned with how and where their machines are produced. In other words, they are demanding responsible treatment of people and the environment.
Further expansion planned
Concurrent with the start of the first construction phase, planning is also underway for a new assembly and logistics building. The schedule for this project is an ambitious one. The goal is to move into the new facility in 2022. The reasons for the need fo so much additional space stem from the way in which digital cutters have developed over time. "In the early days, the average machine occupied little more than a square meter. These days the average cutter size is much greater. And there is a trend for even bigger machines in the future"; explains Oliver Zünd. This affects space requirements across all divisions of the company.