KNAPP Systemintegration GmbH, headquartered in Leoben, continues their growth strategy by investing almost 11 million euros in the expansion of their site and other infrastructure measures. What’s more, the Styrian company is hiring 100 new employees.
With their sustainable growth strategy, tech company KNAPP has enjoyed several successful years. The company is pleased about a positive order situation, allowing them to grow in the long term. Being a member of the international KNAPP group, KNAPP Systemintegration GmbH in Leoben also has an optimistic outlook on the future. Within the coming year, the plan is to add around 100 new employees to the Leoben team. An expansion of this scale also requires some infrastructure measures. That’s why in the fall of 2021, KNAPP kicks off the site expansion for a new assembly and logistics hall. This hall is set to be completed by the summer of 2022.
Investment signals clear commitment to the region
Over recent years, KNAPP has been continually investing in expanding the Leoben site’s infrastructure. Along with new office space and parking, halls were created for factory acceptance tests, pre-assembly and product development. The current expansion has been the largest construction project in Leoben so far. Boasting almost 6,500 m2 (almost 70,000 ft2), the new building will provide an up-to-date environment for assembly work and logistics processes. The building was designed with an expansion model in mind. If necessary, additional office space for up to 100 workers can be created in the new building. Parking for another 140 cars will also be built. The implementation primarily focuses on energy-efficiency and environmental consciousness. The company has budgeted around 11 million euros for this project and further investments in the infrastructure.
“Our goal is to keep growing as a company, both in terms of the number of employees and in turnover. A growth of 50 percent is what we have set out to achieve. With the planned measures, we have set the course at our Styrian site and are fully prepared,” states Bernhard Rottenbücher, one of the three Managing Directors of KNAPP Systemintegration GmbH, confidently optimistic.
Major employer in the region
With currently over 640 employees, KNAPP Systemintegration GmbH is one of the largest employers in the region of Upper Styria. A modern and friendly work environment is very important to the company. “Our team spirit is a huge factor in the international success of our company. Thanks to the strong commitment of our employees, we were able to support our customers worldwide even through the challenges of the past year,” explains Franz Leitner, Managing Director of KNAPP Systemintegration GmbH, proudly.
Job seekers with a completed apprenticeship, a degree from a higher technical college or a university degree in software/IT, mechatronics, electrical engineering or business administration have particularly high chances of becoming a member of the international team. “The KNAPP group is a global company with locations around the world. This provides excellent career opportunities involving diverse tasks in an international environment. We are continually investing in comprehensive training and further education programs. This is the best way for young professionals to get prepared for their tasks, and for more experienced employees to further develop their career,” explains Christian Becskei, Head of Human Resources at KNAPP Systemintegration.
KNAPP Systemintegration GmbH in Leoben is the largest subsidiary of the KNAPP group. The team in Upper Styria plans, develops and implements storage and software solutions for food retail. Household names such as SPAR, REWE, Kroger or Woolworths are some of their customers. Along with solutions for food retail, the company also develops highly automated systems for international corporations such as Würth.
An international tech company, the KNAPP group currently counts 5,300 employees at 53 locations worldwide. When it comes to automated storage systems and warehouse logistics software, the company stands for innovative intralogistics all-in-one solutions. KNAPP recognizes and also implements new trends as an employer – aspiring future talents can find out more about the company’s comprehensive career opportunities at knapp.com/en/career.
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Rendering of the planned assembly and logistics hall. (©Architekturbüro Oster)
KNAPP Leoben is expanding their team. (©KNAPP/Kanizaj)
Automated solutions for food retailers. (©KNAPP/Niederwieser)
KNAPP Leoben management team (from left to right): Franz Leitner, Bernhard Rottenbücher and Rudolf Hansl (©KNAPP/Kanizaj)