Marine electric drive company Torqeedo has opened an 8,300m2 headquarters near Munich, Germany, where all company activities, including research, development and production, will now take place.
Fabian Bez, CEO of Torqeedo, said, “The new facility allowed us to implement lean manufacturing strategies which reduce waste, improve product quality, and ready the company for sustained, rapid growth. Torqeedo’s production lines were formerly split between three remote facilities, but with the new production hall, all lines are now run side-by-side.”
The company’s focus on lean manufacturing is expected to result in waste reduction, which increases efficiency and improves quality. Lean management concepts have also been implemented throughout the company, starting with product design and continuing through the manufacturing, distribution and aftersales support stages.
Torqeedo’s key customers, strategic partners, boatbuilders, dealers and distributors visited the headquarters for a series of strategy and technology workshops in the days preceding the opening; topics included new products such as Deep Blue’s advanced hydrogeneration algorithm, which works to improve energy generation for a sustainable sailing experience, and an interface for smart DC generator management and convenience on board.
Bez continued, “Whether by road, rail, air or water, sustainable forms of propulsion are needed to achieve the climate targets. In the transport sector, in particular, there is still a lot to be done. As Torqeedo, we recognized this trend early on and developed battery-electric drives for watercraft. Today, we are the global technology leader for zero-emission mobility on the water. We will soon produce our 200,000th electric motor and have already filed more than 250 patents. Electric mobility on water, ‘Made in Germany’ – this is what Torqeedo will continue to stand for in the future.”
Dr Florian Herrmann, Head of the Bavarian State Chancellery and State Minister for Federal Affairs and Media, said, “Torqeedo is a global champion for cleantech and electric mobility on water and enriches the location with its new company headquarters. It is great that another milestone in Torqeedo’s impressive company history is being written, combined with a clear commitment to the region and its people. Climate protection and zero-emission mobility are key issues in Bavaria on the way to climate neutrality, in which we are investing over €22bn by 2040 with a climate protection offensive. We are proud that companies like Torqeedo are helping to open up new dimensions in sustainable mobility with innovation and a pioneering spirit.”