Inauguration of the New Technology Center at PI (Physik Instrumente)
“We want to develop the products of tomorrow in the new Technology Center so that not only, we but also our customers will be able to maintain market leadership in the future”, emphasized Markus Spanner, Chief Finance Officer at PI. The new building has a total area of 10 000 m2 and, in addition to 200 workplaces, also has application laboratories, measurement rooms, cleanrooms for vacuum, and cryo-chambers. All development departments have been amalgamated into the Technology Center. This proximity and the shared facilities are intended to promote interdisciplinary exchange as well as create an active and creative working environment. “This is the only way to attract new customers, continue to inspire existing customers, develop new markets and applications, generate growth, and offer additional as well as protect existing jobs“, says Dr Peter Schittenhelm, Managing Director of Operations. The heart of the Technology Center is the Karl Spanner Auditorium with 200 seats for seminars and joint lectures with universities.
PI has occupied a top position for precision positioning in the worldwide market for many years and has invested EUR 13 million from its own resources in the building of the Technology Center. It took more or less two years from the initial conception to the move into the Technology Center. “We operate in a high-tech sector that has a profound effect on the future. There are no modern high-performance microchips being manufactured that PI is not involved in. Motion, positioning, measuring, and controlling with the highest accuracy will continue to be our objective in the future and the main reason why we made the decision to build the Technology Center” explains Dr Karl Spanner, company founder and President of PI.