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NKE AUSTRIA moves into new headquarters in Steyr

. Janet Mo

The bearing manufacturer NKE AUSTRIA GmbH completed and moved into its new headquarters in the industrial park Stadtgut Steyr in June 2009. More than fifteen million euro have been invested in the new works with a floor space of more than 10,000 square metres.

The first development phase consists of a 3,000-square-metre office wing, a 6,000-square-metre production hall and a 1,300-square-metre automatic high rack warehouse. The new works enable NKE to have more manufacturing depth, including a “small-lot production”, as well as more efficient logistics. „With the new works we can double our capacity and are significantly more flexible“, Heimo Ebner, NKE’s Managing Director highlights the benefits of the new plant. NKE has access to a total 35,000-square-metre lot in the industrial park Stadtgut Steyr and can hence secure long-term expansion plans. NKE will expand the workforce in Steyr from currently 180 people to about 230 in three to five years.

Due to the company’s fast expansion, the fourth extension on the old site in Steyr-Gleink was planned in 2007.  However, considering the fact that the old location would pose certain limitations for the long-term development, NKE’s management decided to build a greenfield production plant in the industrial park Stadtgut Steyr.  “Eventually the soft facts have been determining for Steyr”, says Heimo Ebner. “Seventy percent of our employees come from Steyr and the brand NKE is closely connected with Steyr.”

At its Steyr base in Austria, bearing specialist NKE employs 180 people, offering both standard and special bearings for all industrial applications. In addition to product development and application engineering, NKE provides a full range of technical services and training. NKE’s products are distributed through 15 international representative offices and more than 240 distribution outlets in 60 countries.