IWC New Manufacturing Building was officially opened on June 8, 2005. This meant IWC can design more high-end watch for its consumers. These modern production facilities will enhance IWC’s international competitive advantage.
Based in Schaffhausen based, new building is widely sought after by the world. The expansion plan of IWC Manufacturing Building not only witnessed its success, but also can be concentrated in the productive sectors under the same roof. CEO of IWC, Georges Kern stressed: “Consumers’ demond for IWC watch is gradually increasing. So we must have a good fine for this fact. The expansion of the productive sector is our best equipment.” Now, IWC productive building covers about 3,000 square meters. It is the largest expansion project since its inception 137 years ago. This project was started on April 1, 2003. It provides very high quality work environment for nearly 80 employees. The work which need finish in 5 different sectors can finish in one building now, including tooling room, case manufacture and assembly, engraving, surface grinding and prototype manufacturing processes. The outside of this modernizing building has asymmetric glass windows. It creates a sense of transparency. 4-storey glass building situated both subtle and elegant in the IWC founder of the United States by Foluolunding.
As one member of the IWC Committee, Mr. Bruno Dellenbach said, “IWC Schaffhausen new building become reality from a vision. It has close relationship with the municipal government and State authorities.” And member of the state government Erhard Meister is also pleased on the positive promotion of IWC Schaffhausen expansion project. He said: “Under poor environment, IWC still decide to start its expansion project, providing high quality work environment, which is a positive signal for our town.” With the sales increasing of IWC watch, the name Schaffhausen is also be widely circulated. The mayor Marcel Wenger also Said, “IWC Schaffhausen is a very important symbol of international ambassadors and excellence. It is a place full of cultural atmosphere. The brand characteristics of IWC watch reflect the culture, unique style and artistic crafts of Schaffhausen.
Two Schaffhausen architects Stephan Hofer Urs are project managers responsible for the new building. They specialize in the construction term “complex simplicity”. The movement operates perfectly with fashion appearance and comfortable wearing feel. All these are derived from the IWC’s extraordinary technology and craftsmanship “ProbusScafusia” philosophy. IWC watch and the new building have close connection: simple tone, neat appearance and glass, concrete and aluminum for construction materials. Stephen Hofer explained. “Tone can only be limited to white, black and delicately adjusted out of the gray tone.” IWC simple roots from the main building contained several hundred.
The new manufacturing building symbolizes energy conservation and optimization of space achievements. There is 60 meters long switch, heated waste water recycling. The 3-floor car parking set with 23 parking spaces. Air conditioning concepts: chilled ceilings, the air circulation in the air cooler heat directly to the extraction, to provide steady stream of fresh air and remove waste. Hot concept: a high floor in front of the building located Convection radiator Room temperature control: the maintenance of the C 21 – 24 degrees 2 x2000 liter batch capacity of wastewater treatment equipment. Rich art color of the precious metal hand into the type system that uses two layers of glass covering a total area of 1,800 square meters of curtain wall.
The most attracting feature of new building is its fascinating appearance and infiltrated the modern, urban atmosphere. The building materials and colors are selected after careful consideration, low-key to let the material itself becomes the protagonist. As the level of groundwater level in the streets only about 2.5 meters, then installed waterproof layer in the ground. And the ceiling is supported by the stairwell. The stairwell was equipped with stairs, a lift, vertical panels, mechanical aids room, a toilet and a 5-storey Storage facilities.
The glass curtain wall box with 2 layers of glass and composite design, the air current from the first layer of glass formed in the inner layer of glass insulators, constitute the buffer. Ordered lattice rules are long and narrow window graphics to break the routine, up to the natural air circulation. Basically, the entire building to provide fresh air from the air conditioning system, but the building has a thermal system through the sewage pipe through the heating and cooling, at which the energy, the carbon dioxide emitted per year reduction of approximately 190 tons, IWC on the reducing the load on the environment shall be credited to a Success. The new energy system in the heart of the sewage is a modern heating and cooling energy machine, the water flow during the summer to provide more building the effect of freezing.
In response to the production department to meet the different needs and innovation to enhance the advanced technology to improve the preparation of well; after careful consideration decided not to put the entire service systems hidden in the ceiling, at least not any improvement works to obstruct the building structure . In addition, both the exterior Delicate, elegant and sophisticated technology within the aluminum alloy are equipped with fluorescent lighting system. Room with daylight sensor light control system, apart from energy conservation to ensure uniform brightness.
For ambitious perfectionist IWC, it can be combined with any hope to improve the implementation. IWC is such a company with endless creation and unique design. The new building is next to the main building. This project covers 3,900 wquare meters with the increase in watch manufacturing capacity conditions. The new building will build the most advanced products and security systems. IWC building construction projects on the West Wing is full of new prospects and look forward to open the West Wing building again in 2008 officially .