Cimcorp expands Finnish HQ to accommodate growth
Intralogistics automation specialist, Cimcorp has almost doubled its Finnish headquarters in Ulvila in order to accommodate continued business growth, higher production capacity and investment in research and development.
With the group’s revenue more than doubling in the past four years, Cimcorp had outgrown its existing facilities.
To respond to this sales growth and the rising number of employees, Cimcorp acquired the plot of land adjacent to its HQ in 2017 and construction of the new production and office facilities began in summer 2018.
The expansion secures 5,700m2 of additional factory space and another 2,200m2 of offices over three floors, including additional capacity for research and development. With this extension, production capacity increases by more than 100%.
Cimcorp’s CEO, Masatoshi Wakabayashi, commented: “This investment marks an important step in the execution of our growth strategy. The building expansion will provide us with the much-needed space to continue expanding our product lines and solutions – which are in high demand – to better serve our customers with their intralogistics challenges. Sales are continuing to rise; in fact, we received our largest ever order in the intralogistics market – worth over 120 million euros – from the Spanish grocery giant, Mercadona, this spring.”
In addition to the new building, Cimcorp is investing in the renovation and refurbishment of its existing facilities. “Our expansion is much more than simply a new building”, explained Wakabayashi. “The premises merely facilitate our growth. It is the people who work in the buildings that optimize their potential and make that growth a reality.”
One of the teams moving into the new building is Cimcorp’s research and development (R&D) department, which will benefit from the new meeting rooms for collaboration, as well as quiet areas for individual working – a combination designed to foster innovation. There is a constant need for new solutions in intralogistics automation, as well as to enhance existing products to meet the demands of the rapidly changing business environment in which Cimcorp’s customers work. “Our strategic goal is to listen, to learn and to improve,” said Wakabayashi. “All our prototypes and developments are made with our customers, and the challenges they are facing, in mind. In order to succeed in this, we recognize that our employees are our most valuable asset.”
Cimcorp has developed unique robotic solutions for order fulfillment and storage for the food & beverage, retail, e-commerce, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and postal services sectors.