Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG has opened one of the world’s most capable test centres for fastening technology including a certified anchor laboratory. The 15,500 sq. metres of labs and workspaces in Künzelsau were opened in late September after an investment of 75 million euro. The objective of the innovation centre is to offer a space for creative ideas, speed up innovation cycles and bring new and more customer-specific products to the market even faster.
“The innovation centre is a clear commitment to our roots and the business hub of Hohenlohe; it is an investment in growth and thus in the future viability of the company. At the same time, it is clear proof of Würth’s manufacturing expertise and thus of the user-focused quality of our products. This is only possible thanks to the trust of our customers—I thank you for this,” said Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Reinhold Würth, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Würth Group´s Family Trusts.
The innovation centre consists of a triangular shaped main building which is emphasized by an artful steel-glass structure that overlooks the foyer with an adjoining building connected via a bridge. The workspaces are based on the gold standard of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).
Around 250 people will work on product and system innovations in the new Curio centre: employees from product development of Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG, from production companies of the Würth Group as well as scientists and students from technical universities. At Curio, they will be in direct touch with Würth customers from the trades and industry.
Workshops, test fields, air-conditioning chambers, 3D printing technology, seismic test stands for anchor systems as well as an IoT laboratory make sure application-based research and development are constantly driven forward. With the innovation centre, the company positions itself as an attractive employer for specialists and executives, especially in the fields of mechatronics, chemistry, software development/IoT and fastening technology. Potential employees can look forward to state-of-the-art jobs and new development opportunities. Another 30 high-potential talents with an engineering background will be hired in the coming months.