OHB holding “topping-out celebration” for its new building in Oberpfaffenhofen

From left to right: Prof. Dr. Liebig, ESA, Director Earth Observation; Christine Haderthauer, Ministry of State Bavaria; Dr. Gruppe, DLR, Member of the Board of Directors; Marco Fuchs, OHB AG, CEO; Dr. Merkle, Kayser-Threde GmbH, CEO

Oberpfaffenhofen, July 23, 2014. OHB is today holding the “topping out celebration” for its new building in Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich in the presence of 150 guests. Currently, the staff of OHB subsidiary Erwin Kayser-Threde GmbH are scattered across two locations in Munich. When it is completed, the new building in Oberpfaffenhofen will provide them with a single and ultra-modern complex.

Marco Fuchs, Chief Executive Officer of OHB AG, is convinced that the investment will pay off: “With our new facility in Oberpfaffenhofen, we will be able to achieve several goals at the same time: we will be expanding our satellite integration and testing capabilities and providing our staff with a single joint building. At the same time, we are in the direct vicinity of the German Space Agency DLR.”

The head of the Bavarian State Chancellery Christine Haderthauer, is particularly pleased that OHB is relocating to Oberpfaffenhofen. “Bavaria can look back on a long and successful tradition as a major force in aviation and space. The roughly 550 companies in the aviation and space industry employ more than 60,000 people from Bavaria. Companies such as Erwin Kayser-Threde GmbH are synonymous with research, progress and innovation. It is they who are securing Bavaria’s future in the aviation and space industry. I am pleased that the company has made a clear commitment to Oberpfaffenhofen,” she added.

With a total budget of over EUR 30 million, the construction project is about to reach the conclusion of the shell phase. The total floor area stands at over 14,000 square meters. With an area of just under 6,000 square meters, a spacious clean-room complex (Class ISO 8 down to ISO 5) is being assembled complete with the necessary extensive technology. A further 1,000 square meters are available for laboratories covering electronics, EMV, FPGA facilities for the development of chips, optical systems, assembly of electrical systems as well as equipment for performing thermal-vacuum tests.  Looking forward, highly sensitive optical instruments for use in space will be integrated at the new OHB facility in Oberpfaffenhofen. 4,500 square meters have been set aside for development and offices.

The new building, which will offer 360 jobs, will be ready for occupancy from mid 2015. Construction work at the property, which has an area of a good 13,000 square meters and is located directly adjacent to the German Space Agency’s Oberpfaffenhofen facility, commenced in November 2013. With ultramodern production buildings and facilities, OHB will have a competitive edge in major projects. Approval has already been granted for future construction phases.

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