The industrial zone Panattoni Park Pilsen West II, which is currently under construction, can look forward to its first tenant. The 36,400 sqm of leasable area will be occupied by Shape Corp. Shape Corp. will move into the new hall from Borske Pole (Pilsen) and expand the production of head impact absorbers, which increase the safety of car passengers. Production is scheduled to start in the first half of next year and up to 700 employees will work there in full operation. The industrial complex, which is being built by Panattoni, an expert in environmentally friendly and sustainable development, is being built on a brownfield site after the coal mines.
"We are very pleased that Shape, which has been a good and stable employer in the Pilsen region for years, has become the first tenant at Panattoni Park Pilsen West II. The automotive industry is undergoing a revolution, but some disciplines will remain relevant even after the end of the internal combustion engine. One of them is undoubtedly passenger safety. I firmly believe that the new industrial hall will offer ideal premises for production and further growth of the entire company," says Pavel Sovička, Panattoni's General Manager for the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
"Shape Corp. is a global tier-one automotive supplier of multi-material impact energy management and lightweight body structures. For several years in a row, we have won the award for Best Employer of the Year in the Pilsen region thanks to our unique company culture based on mutual respect, belonging, responsibility and continuous development. Our goal is to build a great place to work and live and achieve our vision to reduce carbon emissions by 30 % by 2025. Shape Europe is experiencing rapid growth in its customer and product portfolio. The new plant in Nýřany will offer a safe and pleasant working environment for current and new employees. Panattoni is the right partner and guarantee to achieve our goals," says Stephanie Ducroux-Bernache, European Managing Director of Shape Corp.
The state-of-the-art facility will meet the stringent requirements under the BREEAM New Construction environmental certification and will feature a number of green and sustainable features. The project is set to install photovoltaic panels on the roof of the building and will use rainwater for flushing. A carbon footprint is being calculated from the start of construction so that the investor can minimise the impact on climate change.
The brownfield site near Nýřany boasts a rich industrial history. More than 150 years ago, the Krimich mine opened here - the deepest coal mine in its time in the West Bohemian coalfield. In the 1920s, Škoda built a thermal power plant here, which supplied its engineering plants in Pilsen, the town of Nýřany and the nearby munitions factory. During the 1950s and 1960s, a concrete plant of the Prefa company was located on the land. After the plant ceased operation in the 1950s and the shaft was closed in 1971, the area was converted into the Likona Nýřany food processing plant, which operated until the 1990s.
"The construction boom in the Pilsen region fully demonstrates that the site's potential for industrial production and logistics is far from exhausted, especially for clients with higher added value. The region benefits from a rich industrial tradition, excellent transport infrastructure, a quality engineering base, the presence of a university and the geographical proximity to Germany. The new facility will thus complement our portfolio in the Pilsen region, which consists of the existing and under-construction industrial zones Panattoni Pilsen Digital Park, Panattoni Park Pilsen City and Panattoni Pilsen Park West," adds Jiří Zita, Commercial Director, Panattoni.