IWC held a flat-top ceremony to celebrate the completion of the main structural engineering at the new production and technology center in Merishausen, Switzerland. About 100 craftsmen and many celebrities in the political and business circles attended the event. With a total floor area of 13,500 square meters, the building will provide production space for existing and developing IWC self-manufactured cores (including the 69000 model). Once construction is complete, the Merishausen center will provide work space for approximately 400 skilled employees. The production areas previously distributed in different locations can also be integrated to further optimize existing production methods and processes.
Chris Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC, Georges Kern, Richmond Group’s director of watches, marketing and digital business, and Andreas Voll, chief operating officer of IWC
“Expanding R & D and manufacturing of the brand’s own core is our top priority, and we are glad that everything is going according to plan,” explains Chris Grainger-Herr, CEO of IWC. It demonstrates IWC’s clear commitment to the city of Schaffhausen, and also highlights our firm belief in producing high-quality mechanical watches in the future. IWC has been in this city for nearly 150 years, Our watch products make the city of Schaffhausen world famous. ‘
In October 2017, the IWC case and movement parts production department in Neuhausen will be relocated to this new building. In January 2018, the IWC movement assembly department at Baumgartenstrasse in the old town of Schaffhausen will also be relocated to the new center. IWC’s new production and technology center will officially open in June 2018. At that time, Schaffhausen Open House will also be set up. These activities will become one of the highlights of IWC’s 150th anniversary celebration.