Bremen, September 20, 2018. The OHB group will be investing around EUR 20 million in a new cleanroom hall, additional laboratories and the upgrading of additional buildings at its Bremen headquarters by 2020. "The investments have become necessary as a result of the pleasing order situation in recent years," says OHB CEO Marco Fuchs. "A series of additional contracts and more than 200 new employees have pushed the site to the limits of its capacity. With the 'Investment Program 2020' that has now been adopted, we are responding to the increased demands.“
The core of the investment is a new clean room hall in the immediate vicinity of the company headquarters at the Technology Park University. The laying of the foundation stone for the building, in which satellites will later be manufactured, is planned for the end of 2018; completion is scheduled for the second quarter of 2020. The clean room will have the class "ISO 8", which means that there may be a maximum of 30,000 particles larger than 5 micrometers per cubic meter of air. (1 micrometer is one millionth of a meter. For comparison: a human hair is 50 micrometers thick.)
The hall will have several floors on which integration areas and offices will be accommodated on around 1,500 square meters. The new clean room will be the largest clean room in its class in the Group.
In addition, OHB has reached an agreement with a company adjacent to the company premises to take over all or part of two of its buildings and to convert them into laboratory and office space. Three further halls on the existing company premises will be converted into further smaller ISO8 clean rooms witz around 500 square meters. OHB has also rented additional office space for around 60 employees in the immediate vicinity of the company's headquarters.
The latter measures are already being implemented and should be completed in the course of the first quarter of 2019.