$13MM Invested in New 100,000sqft Technology Center by Physik Instrumente
(Nanowerk News) Precision motion and nanopositioning solutions leader PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. recently announced the construction of a new Technology Center at its worldwide headquarters in Karlsruhe, Germany. After a year of planning, the cornerstone has been ceremoniously laid.
In its current space, PI employs over 400 people in Karlsruhe. At the auspicious ceremony, attended by industry and political guests, Dr. Karl Spanner, Founder and President of the company, stated, "We are active in a high-tech sector and are investing more than ten percent of our sales in R&D. The investment is necessary to maintain and expand our position on the world market for precision positioning".
The new Technology Center is over 100,000ft² (9,600m²) and will include 200 workplaces, laboratories, environmental chambers, and an auditorium for seminars and training events. Expected to open at the beginning of 2017, the Center will bring together PI’s development teams into one shared space.
PI has in-house engineered solutions with over 4 decades of experience working with customers to provide products that meet application demands, and can quickly modify existing product designs or provide a fully customized OEM part to fit the exact requirements of the application.
PI is a leading manufacturer of precision motion control equipment, piezo motors, air bearing stages and hexapod parallel-kinematics for semiconductor applications, photonics, bio-nano-technology and medical engineering. PI has been developing and manufacturing standard & custom precision products with piezoceramic and electromagnetic drives for 4 decades. The company has been ISO 9001 certified since 1994 and provides innovative, high-quality solutions for OEM and research. PI is present worldwide with eleven subsidiaries, R&D / engineering on 3 continents and total staff of 800+.