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Stadler Opens State-of-the-Art Logistics Center in Berlin Pankow

Stadler Opens State-of-the-Art Logistics Center in Berlin Pankow
photo: Stadler / Public domain/Stadler Opens State-of-the-Art Logistics Center in Berlin Pankow
10 / 11 / 2023

Together with Berlin’s Governing Mayor, Kai Wegner, the Senator for Economic Affairs, Energy and Enterprises, Franziska Giffey, and other distinguished guests, Stadler celebrated the inauguration of its new logistics center in Pankow. Marking a milestone, Stadler punctually finalizes the new construction and expansion of its factory site in Berlin, initiated in 2019.

In the north of Berlin, Stadler is laying the tracks for the future: Over two construction phases, the company has erected a logistics center dedicated to rail transport on its factory grounds in Pankow. Spanning a total of 80,000 square meters, the factory's expanse now includes the new 17,700-square-meter logistics center, accompanied by a multi-story office wing. This new addition not only accommodates storage and logistics spaces but also facilitates pre-assembly for various rail vehicle expansion tasks and offers 220 office workstations. The company, with its headquarters in Bussnang, Switzerland, has maintained its commitment to its Berlin site for over 23 years.

Peter Spuhler, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Stadler Rail Group, highlighted Stadler’s role in advancing Germany’s transport sector: “Starting with 197 employees in 2000, we take pride in our continuous success story here in Berlin, contributing from the capital to the transport evolution in Germany and across Europe. The new factory site stands as a genuine hub of innovation for rail transport. It’s with great pleasure that we celebrate the successful completion of this new construction and expansion, reinforcing our ties to Berlin as a strategic location.”

Jure Mikolčić, CEO of Stadler Germany, underlined the significance of the new facility for Berlin as a commercial hub: “Investments in Berlin will secure and enhance the capital region’s industrial output sustainably over the long term.” Mikolčić extended gratitude to various supporters: “Our thanks for the support extended towards the construction project go to the State of Berlin, the Berlin Senate Department for Economic Affairs, Energy and Public Enterprises, Berlin Partner, and the Investment Bank Berlin for their backing throughout the project, as well as to the Pankow district and our general contractor, S&V, for their operational management and support. We are proud to have fashioned a cutting-edge production and work environment for our staff.”

Revolutionizing Rail Transport: Stadler's State-of-the-Art Expansion

The assembly halls, spanning 16,000 square meters, were commissioned during the first phase of construction in the summer of 2021. This space marries industrial fabrication with the agility of flexible production, embodying a modern manufacturing cycle concept that includes not only assembly but also the static activation of rail vehicles.

An investment totaling approximately 95 million euros affirms Stadler’s dedication to Berlin as an essential industrial base, providing perfect conditions for handling substantial orders. This commitment is further exemplified by an innovative automated small parts warehouse that streamlines storage operations. The factory, including the entire value chain, draws power from an extensive photovoltaic system (14,000 m² and 3 million kWh), fully satisfying its electricity needs and contributing surplus energy to the local grid. Additionally, the new logistics center consolidates production and storage processes, effectively reducing delivery traffic.

Stadler is expanding more than its production capabilities with this new establishment. It also introduces fresh activities like the static commissioning of vehicles and the operations of the logistics center. All design and construction phases were successfully and punctually executed by the general contractor S&V. The State of Berlin supported the construction project through a GRW grant, monitored by the Investment Bank Berlin.

Berlin’s Governing Mayor, Kai Wegner, expressed his admiration for the new complex and commended Stadler’s entrepreneurial dedication to Berlin: “The state of Berlin, the Berlin transport companies, and Stadler have partnered for many years to serve the people of Berlin. The vehicles produced here at the Pankow site showcase the Swiss-founded company's proficiency in our city, across Germany, and Europe, representing modern and eco-friendly mobility. The new logistics center also symbolizes a significant leap toward sustainable transport in our city. Stadler’s investment reinforces the promising future of the Pankow location and its quality employment opportunities.”

Senator for Economic Affairs, Energy, and Enterprises, Franziska Giffey, also stressed Stadler’s contribution to the local business and innovation scene: “Stadler’s substantial investments in Brandenburg and Berlin over recent years are now yielding fruit. Stadler stands as one of the foremost industrial employers in our capital region. The new logistics center in Pankow is a solid testament to Berlin and the region as the most dynamic economic area in Germany. By manufacturing subway cars for the BVG, Stadler significantly contributes to the modern mobility of Berliners and our city’s visitors. I am especially pleased that Stadler supports the energy transition, with the new logistics center’s electricity completely supplied by solar power. We are proud to back this innovative project with GRW funds from the Senate Department for Economics.”

Stadler's Sustainable Growth in Berlin

With approximately 1,500 employees, Stadler Germany ranks among the most significant industrial employers in Berlin. The entire range for the German market, as well as trams and light rail vehicles destined for export, is conceived, produced, and assembled in Berlin-Pankow.

Founded in 2000 as a collaboration with Adtranz, the site has consistently expanded in response to a growing order book—from 197 employees at the start to 1,500 in 2023. Since 2015, the IK series, engineered and built in Berlin-Pankow, has been operational in the Berlin subway network. Timely for the New Year’s transition 2020/2021, the ten pre-series vehicles of the 483/484 series for the Berlin S-Bahn were introduced, with full delivery achieved by September 2023. In 2020, Stadler Germany secured the largest bid in the Berlin transport company’s history: the new J/JK subway series, which will be crafted in Berlin for Berlin. Moreover, for many years, the site has served as a launchpad for groundbreaking advances, such as the enhancement of alternative propulsion technologies and the digitization of the rail industry.

Source: Stadler