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PI invests €13m in a technology centre in Germany

08 April, 2016

The precision motion and nanopositioning specialist PI (Physik Instrumente) is investing €13m to build a new technology centre at its global headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany. After a year of planning, the cornerstone for the 9,600m² centre was laid recently.

PI currently employs more than 400 people in Karlsruhe. The new centre, due to open at the start of 2017, will bring together the company’s development teams in a single shared space. It will include 200 workplaces, laboratories, environmental chambers, and an auditorium for seminars and training events.

Speaking at the cornerstone-laying ceremony, PI’s founder and president, Dr Karl Spanner, said that the centre was needed “to maintain and expand our position on the world market for precision positioning”.

PI's new technology centre will bring its development teams together in a single shared space

PI invests more than 10% of its turnover into research and development activities. The privately-owned company, which was founded more than 40 years ago, has four production sites in Germany and six outside Germany. It has 13 subsidiaries and employs more than 850 people worldwide. PI’s products range from two-tonne hexapods to 10-gram nanopositioners.

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