“Megatrends such as digitalization, climate change and urbanization are leading to a growth in demand and call for a significant increase in our production capacities,” says Joachim Ley, Chief Operating Officer at the global fan manufacturer Ziehl-Abegg. That’s why around 50 million euros are now being invested in a new plant in central Poland. “Poland is fundamentally a very important market for us,” emphasizes Adam Korzybski, He is the Managing Director of Ziehl-Abegg Poland where he has been working in the Sales Department for energy-saving fans since 1997.
The construction of the building in the south-east of Lodz will be completed within nine months. Production is intended to start in Autumn 2023. Machinery and equipment will be installed on a step by step basis in the 17,000 square metres of space in the building. “We are building up the production facilities on a gradual basis,” explains Ley. There are plans to create 300 to 400 new jobs within five years. The costs for building and for the machinery equipment are 50 million euros.
Future production will focus on fans for heat pumps. “We have seen this trend emerging over a number of years,” explains Korzybski. From Warsaw, he provides support for numerous heat pump manufacturers that operate large plants in Poland. In view of rising energy prices, the use of heat pumps will enjoy an unprecedented boom, especially in Europe. The 16 employees currently working at Ziehl-Abegg Poland also serve the customers of the global fan manufacturer in Latvia and Lithuania.
“We are the technology leader in fans which have been optimized with the help of biomimetics,” says Korzybski. This special fan design reduces noise and consequently enables heat pumps to be operated in densely built-up areas. “An additional feature is the low energy requirement,” stresses the engineer in precision mechanics who has been working for Ziehl-Abegg since 1997.
In the future, smaller fans, which up to now have been imported into Europe from Asia, will also be built in Lodz. These fans are used for home ventilation or in cooling for electronics and refrigeration technology.