Present in Alsace since 1959, notably via its French headquarters located in Obernai (Bas-Rhin), Hager Group (2022 turnover: 2.9 billion euros; 12,900 employees including nearly 3,000 in Alsace), continues to invest In the region. The leading company in terms of solutions and services for electrical installations in residential, tertiary and industrial buildings, has just inaugurated its “new” production site in Bischwiller.
70 people recruited
Having served as a logistics platform until 2021 and the transfer of this activity to the EcoParc Rhénan in Vendenheim (Bas-Rhin), here it is entirely intended to manufacture plastic parts appearing in protective equipment, boxes and cabinets electrical distribution. 15 million euros were invested to transform a surface area of 5,000 m2 – over 12,000 m2 that the site has -, acquire 30 new automatic injection presses, which are added to the 15 that the company already had in Bischwiller and the 45 located in Obernai, as well as the creation of a tool workshop in order to internalize repairing its molds. This transformation enabled the recruitment of 70 people following the first job dating organized by Hager. In the short term, robots will perform maintenance operations to transport finished products.
7,000 m2 still available
The ETI thus intends to double its production capacity with components which are then assembled in Bischwiller and Obernai. “Since 2020, the group has invested 350 million euros, including more than 100 million in Alsace,” recalls Jean-François Baptiste, director of industrial strategy at Hager. However, he did not specify what the 7,000 square meters still available in the former logistics platform will be used for. “They will be very useful to us and we will have the opportunity to meet again in the coming months,” he told the press.
First speech for Sabine Busse, new CEO of Hager Group
This inauguration was also to hear the first official speech from Sabine Busse, the brand new CEO of the group, who will officially succeed Daniel Hager on 1er December 2023. “Your factory is destined to become a center of excellence within our group, we will continue to invest in cutting-edge technologies, in the training of our teams and in research and development. Our strategy is driven by a clear vision: shaping the electric world of tomorrow.
Double turnover while halving CO2 emissions
For this, the firm has high ambitions. “Halve our carbon emissions in absolute value by 2030 while doubling our turnover,” according to Jean-François Baptiste. In Bischwiller, the site is connected to the Sonnenhof wood boiler room for heating. The work to connect the boiler, over the Moder river, cost Hager 500,000 euros, which at the time benefited from 150,000 euros in public aid.