The exterior works for the new manufactory are almost completed. With its bright and clearly structured façade the two-winged complex provides a welcoming atmosphere and blends in harmoniously with the surrounding historic buildings. The large windows will later enable optimal light incidence in the workrooms.
Inside, work is continuing at full speed. Modern workplaces for watchmakers as well as new space for the components production are being created on a floor space of 5,400 square meters. The first high-quality timepieces will be produced here under clean-room conditions in just one year’s time.
Then, the largest geothermal energy plant in Saxony will ensure a comfortable indoor climate at all seasons. For this purpose, drillings are carried out next to the new building. A giant drill drives 19 boreholes to a depth of 125 metres into the ground. In 2013, 36 probes have already been sunk. As part of the CO2-neutral geothermal system they will help to heat the new building as well as other Lange buildings in the winter and cool them in the summer.
For Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid, the new building is a response to the growth in number of employees in the past and an investment in the future of the manufactory: “Quality assurance and sustainability are our main objectives for building the new manufactory. We want to create a perfect working environment and optimize our production processes in order to further improve the quality of our timepieces by protecting the environment and conserving valuable natural resources.”