Investment in the Renchen location
IMOS expansion in Renchen creates new jobs
The symbolic ground-breaking ceremony on Friday morning marked the start of a major investment with which the company "IMOS Gubela", which is successful worldwide in the fields of optics and sensor technology, will significantly increase its production and sales performance. In two construction phases, two additional halls with floor areas of 850 and 500 square meters will be built to the east of the administrative, research and production facilities, which will accommodate the shipping and packaging area as well as a production expansion for newly curved retroreflectors. The investment of around 2 million euros is to be completed by September. This will create seven jobs; IMOS currently employs 72 people.
In addition to Hans-Erich Gubela and Sabine Kaul from Imos, Mayor Bernd Siefermann and the architects Winfried and Philipp Boos participated, as well as Alfred Baum from the responsible construction company and site manager Nicole Straub. Afterwards, Hans-Erich Gubela briefly introduced his company, which was founded by his father near the train station and moved to Kniebisstraße 1 15 years ago.
Reflectors from the early days of the company were on display, as well as components manufactured for the giant parabolic reflector on the Canary Islands for space research. A large area is taken up by the company's own research and development of special optical solutions, and solutions are also found for customer requirements. For example, elements for camera systems were created where light waves and superimpositions had to be included in the calculations during development.
A large field of development and activity resulted from the switch to LED technology. Here, structures in the nanoscale are required that are no longer perceptible as such to the naked eye. IMOS also designs and manufactures complete optical assemblies, combining complex micro-optics with holders and housings to form perfectly matched, stable assemblies. The production area also includes the construction of molds for laser mirrors and laser industry products.
"We are very happy that we were able to keep this globally successful company in Renchen," emphasized Mayor Bernd Siefermann and was fascinated by the research and development that takes place here, complemented by incredible precision in production. It was precisely the enormous development dynamics and the market leadership in this special field of optics that had led to IMOS being included in the top 10 in the funding program "Spitze auf dem Land! Technology leaders for Baden-Württemberg" and received funding. Gubela pointed out that IMOS currently has a further space requirement of around 2000 square meters in its planning for the coming years in order to build up another new manufacturing branch.