Germany-based surgical instruments manufacturer Erbe Elektromedizin has opened a new medical instruments production and development facility in Rangendingen, Germany.

The construction of the new 25,000m² building took three years, and €90m investment.

It represents the company’s largest single investment to date and combines the production, and product development of medical instruments, logistics, and administration.

The new competence centre at its Rangendingen site near Tübingen is intended for the development and production of medical instruments for customers worldwide.

With the new facility, Erbe is expanding its capabilities to become better equipped to deal with the consequences of supply bottlenecks resulting from international crises.

Erbe Elektromedizin chief commercial officer Marcus Felstead said: “We have set the course for a new standard with our construction project in Rangendingen.

“Because tomorrow’s customers will place even more value on sustainability than we already do today. We want to meet these demands.”

Free Democratic Party (FDP) chairman Christian Lindner said: “Erbe is a symbol of what makes our country strong. He commended the location decision and emphasized the importance of supporting family businesses, stating, “They are the ones who create prosperity.”

Erbe used high-quality ecological building materials for the supporting structure and the facade, to meet the ecological, social, and economic aspects of its corporate strategy.

Also, the company used renewable energy technology and implemented several measures to ensure an optimal working environment for employees.

The new building will have one of the largest photovoltaic systems in the region, supplemented by a combined heat and power plant that runs on CO2-neutral biogas.

It features 2,800 solar panels with an output of 1MW on the roof, which produces 610,000kWh of electricity per year and covers a third of the energy needed for operations.

Furthermore, up to 500 employees will be working on-site, who will benefit from a modern working environment, including exercise islands, a room for yoga, and relaxation rooms.

Christian Erbe said: “We implemented the most demanding standards for energy efficiency and achieved KfW Efficiency Level 40 Plus.

“This means, that our building is more than twice as energy efficient compared to conventional structures, making it a leader in the field of sustainable industrial building.”