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Groundbreaking ceremony for the new REFORM Technology Centre in Wels. Pictured from left to right: architect Hermann Mick, Mayor Andreas Rabl, Provincial Councillor Markus Achleitner, REFORM CEO Reinhard Riepl, WKOÖ President Doris Hummer, REFORM CSO Franz Haas, REFORM COO Wolfgang Zauner and architect Wolfgang Mittermayr - Photo: Reform-Werke Wels

REFORM creates space for the future

REFORM has already impressed its customers with innovative products and solutions in the past. In order to continue to meet the growing demands of customers and also future technologies, REFORM is investing in the future viability of the company with the construction of the new technology centre at the Wels site and creating the basis for further growth.

After the successful completion and commissioning of the modern customer-employee centre in 2021, REFORM is setting a further growth impulse and investing 8 million euros in the construction of a new technology centre in Wels. On the space freed up by the demolition of old parts of the building of the former foundry, our new technology centre will be built on 3 floors with a total area of 1,500 sqm², providing state-of-the-art workspaces for the technical departments of design, electronics, software and technical documentation. At the same time, the available space for testing with its mechanical and electronic test benches and prototype construction will more than double. "With this building, we want to ensure our customers and partners the development of future-oriented, sustainable product and integrated overall solutions. In the future, we will be able to use new methods, tools and test benches and make the appropriate preparations for the technologies of tomorrow. We also attach great importance to multi-project capability and the integration of new workplace concepts," emphasises Reinhard Riepl, Managing Director of REFORM. The new building will also be ideally suited for cooperation with external partners. In total, space will be created here for around 65 technicians. In the spirit of sustainability and energy neutrality, this new REFORM building will also be equipped with a photovoltaic system. This will increase the future output to a total of 620 kWp - this corresponds to around 20% of the electricity requirement.

Regional Minister for Economic Affairs Markus Achleitner, Mayor Dr. Andreas Rabl, WKOÖ President Mag.a Doris Hummer and the architects DI Wolfgang Mittermayr and DI Hermann Mick attended the official ground-breaking ceremony on 28 September. REFORM was represented by the managing directors Reinhard Riepl, Franz Haas and Wolfgang Zauner as well as the works council members Roland Hörtenhuemer and Attila Batzula. "Innovative strength is an important driver for the location, especially now in these challenging times. After all, innovations are a decisive prerequisite for our companies and Upper Austria as a business location to continue to hold their own in international competition. Reform-Werke is exemplary in this respect, and the investment in this technology centre is also an investment in the future," said Regional Minister for Economic Affairs Achleitner in his welcoming remarks. The completion of the new technology centre is planned for the end of 2023.