More Leitz Park Details

Lots of news recently, including the Leitz Park Update (July 2013) about what's going on over there. The Frankfurter Allgemein reports, "New headquarters of Leica can continue to grow" which adds more details as to why Leica is expanding.

A sketchy English translation by Google:

The traditional company returns to its founding place of Wetzlar. Meanwhile, there writes the Leitz Park's track record of commercial settlement continued.

The extension of the new industrial area Leitz Park, nothing stands in the way. The city has let the buildings to their former depot now stop and hand over the vacant site on the Leitz-Park GmbH. The company acts as an investor and developer of the new headquarters of the international company Leica Camera AG, which is being built with an investment of 60 million euros on the eastern outskirts of Wetzlar. Production and administration buildings form the core of the Leitz Park.

On the new land of the camera manufacturer to get ranked among others, a showground. For Leica Camera, whose tradition can be traced back to the beginnings of the mass production of the film camera 90 years ago, has a variety of documents and technical exhibits. In a kind of world experience guests and visitors from home and abroad to receive future insights into the history of the company and its products as well as in the career of the optical industry in the Middle Hessen, Germany is a leader in today. Is lined with the Leica Camera headquarters of the company buildings Viaoptic GmbH and Weller Precision Engineering GmbH, both companies for specialty products in the optical industry.

Born out of necessity

With the comprehensive approximately 15 acres Leitz Park is thus produced in the great city of 52,000 inhabitants on the Lahn, a new, prestigious location for the most important addition to the iron processing industry Wetzlar.

The Leitz Park writes it were a success story in terms of commercial settlement on, which began about two decades, and was born out of necessity. Since the early nineties was the army in the wake of troop reductions in Wetzlar, one of their largest sites in Hessen. More than 3500 soldiers and 700 civilian employees left Wetzlar. For the former Spilburg barracks, which had established the tradition of Wetzlar as a garrison town before the First World War and most recently formed the largest part of the army area, managers at City Hall designed a large-scale urban development projects with private participation.

Solms could not keep up

The result was one of the most publicized examples of successful conversion to Hesse. Service companies, supermarkets, craftsmen, schools, government agencies, nursing home, a branch of the Technical University of Central Hesse and an amusement park - all of which settled on this comprehensive 50 hectares of former military site. Around 3,000 jobs were created in converted barracks buildings and new buildings. So it was really obvious that Spilburg grounds extend to surrounding areas. The advantages of the Leitz Park, the Leica also led to the settlement, one next to a lot of space especially good transport links with the finished a few years ago Wetzlar-Süd motorway junction.

Production, management and customer service from Leica Camera have been settled in the small town of Solms near Wetzlar. There, spread over several manufacturing plants in and around Wetzlar works had been merged in the mid eighties. Last crystallized out, however, that the production conditions could no longer keep up with the increasing demands of high-technology step in Solms.

28,000 square feet in the new building

Also were complaints about lack of space. Calculations showed that reconstruction, modernization and expansion in Solms would cost at least as much as the construction of a new site. Thus, the management decided to move and soon found suitable site in the city, has its roots in the Leica.

The new building complex in future be around 28,000 square meters available, which is almost twice as much as previously in Solms. This is not only development and production benefit, but also the representation. Not least, the new building is to set standards in environmentally friendly energy supply. Thus, the complex is supplied with geothermal energy, in addition to two cogeneration plants, which should cover along with solar panels and the power requirements.