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New Dial Factory for Glashütte Original

By Chris Boyle

Glashütte factory, Pforzheim, Germany

On March 6th, Günter Wiegand, Managing Director of Glashütte Original, presided over the opening of a new factory in Pforzheim, Germany, for the manufactory’s own production of watch dials.

Together with the facility manager, Kurt Müller, Mr Wiegand led guests on a tour of 14,000 square feet of rooms. Following substantial investments the dial manufactory at Stuttgarter Straße 24 is equipped with advanced machinery dedicated to the production of watch dials; nevertheless, as in the past, a great deal of the work is still performed by hand.

Since mid 2006, the dial manufactory has been owned by the Swatch Group; at the outset of 2012 it was merged with the Glashütte Original manufactory. Given the limited space and plans to expand production, Glashütte Original management decided to restructure and modernise the old dial factory. There are currently 48 employees working in the Pforzheim site; this number is expected to double in the coming years, and five trainee positions are planned as well.

Commenting on the dedication of the new building, Günter Wiegand said: “The production of dials is undoubtedly one of the most difficult tasks in the making of high-value watches. For this reason we shall take advantage of the dial making traditions and competencies of the Pforzheim site, which will be expanded further in the future.”

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