The opening of the new customer facility at Schwabisch Hall
Economy Class and Beyond at Recaro Aircraft Seating
In this trip report:
- An Invite to Germany
- Testing and Paperwork
- Off to Heathrow, Terminal 5, and the South Galleries Lounge
- BA920 London Heathrow to Stuttgart (Club Europe)
- The joy of German Immigration, Into Stuttgart and the Novum Hotel Rieker, Stuttgart Hauptbahnhof
- Off to Schwabisch Hall, qubixx stattemitte Hotel
- Economy Class and Beyond at Recaro Aircraft Seating
- The inauguration of their new customer facility
- The Recaro Hybrid Seat Show
- Exploring the Crash-Test facility
- Back to Stuttgart and the joy of pigeons
- Off to Stuttgart Airport
- BA921 Stuttgart to London Heathrow (Club Europe)
- Welcome to Brexitainia, The Premier Inn Heathrow
- Off Home again
- Innovation is the driver
Recaro Aircraft Seating celebrated the formal launch of its new facility at Schwaebisch Hall.
Over 150VIP Guests and Media toured the new facility featuring a crash facility, flame lab, customer service production area and offices for more than 120 Recaro team members, the culmination of a €50 million investment in Schwaebisch Hall.
The event kicked off at 4 p.m. on September 13, with speeches from Mark Hiller, CEO and Shareholder of Recaro Aircraft Seating, Martin Putsch, CEO and Shareholder of Recaro Group, Hermann-Josef Pelgrim, Mayor of Schwaebisch Hall, and Volker Thum, CEO of German Aerospace Industries Association (BDLI).
In front of the building is the company’s newest icon, the tail fin from a Boeing 707 aircraft. Gifted to Recaro earlier in 2021, the tail fin will serve as a landmark to visitors and will represent the heritage of Recaro to those passing by.
The Boeing 707 tail – this was from the Lufthansa Boeing 707 that was at Hamburg Airport, which was recently dissembled. The tail now is outside the new building. It shows the countries that Recaro has operations in (Germany, USA, Poland, China and South Africa). This also isn’t the final paintwork, with further work to be done to it at a later date.
The 50€ million investment was designed with a KfW Effizienzhaus 55-standard and was constructed with sustainable materials. From energy-efficient solar shades to district heating integration, the new facility was built to improve the end-use of energy and be a resource-saving future during operations.
Dr Mark Hiller CEO and Shareholder at Recaro Aircraft Seating on the formal opening stated:
“It has been an exciting day for Team Recaro, as this has been a long-time vision that has finally been brought to life. The new space will be a game-changer, especially the new flame lab and test crash facility,” said
The facility will also serve as a visible icon to the onsite and global team members who demonstrated unprecedented resilience over these past 18 months. Thanks to their hard work, we can continue driving comfort in the sky.”
Next: The Recaro Seat Show
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