April 2023

Three partners celebrate topping out ceremony at the future SVOLT site in Heusweiler

The lease agreement with SVOLT was signed at the end of 2022. Just a few months later, on Thursday 20 April, the parties involved celebrated the topping out ceremony at the future packaging and module factory in Heusweiler. The refurbishment and construction work on the site of the former ‘Laminate Park’ in the Eiweiler district should be complete and the factory ready for occupancy by mid-2024. The project is being executed by the construction and service company Goldbeck. The developer is Projektgesellschaft Batteriefabrik Heusweiler (PBH): ‘We are delighted about the project’s rapid progress’, explained Thomas Schuck from the management board of PBH, a spin-off company of SHS-Strukturholding Saar. Schuck, who represented the developer alongside Rita Gindorf-Wagner, also praised the excellent cooperation between all involved, enabling the construction work to move forward swiftly.

A total of around 36,000 m2 of hall space is being created. Approximately 23,000 m2 of this is from refurbishing existing buildings on the site. ‘A fantastic project combining building redevelopment with new facilities, and thus ensuring that both the construction process and the future location will be as efficient and sustainable as possible. With this building, we are delighted to be making a key contribution to the mobility of the future’, Goldbeck Südwest’s CEO Anja Knura noted.

The central building complex and the administration building are remaining in place and being refurbished. Some areas have been dismantled to create space for around 13,000 m2 of new buildings and approximately 70,000 m2 of necessary logistics space and outdoor areas.

One thing is clear to SVOLT Europa’s president Kai-Uwe Wollenhaupt: ‘The on-schedule completion of our Heusweiler site will enable modules to be produced for our first customer Stellantis using supplied parts.’

The factory premises are heated using the future-oriented method of heat pumps without fossil fuels, the roofs have been prepared for a future photovoltaics system, and 20 e-vehicle charging stations are planned.

The first building sections, such as the administration building, have already had their interiors completed and are occupied. Other constructions phases will follow in turn, with the project scheduled for final completion in March 2024.

Thomas Redelberger, mayor of the municipality of Heusweiler, was also delighted that the abandoned Laminate site in Eiweiler will soon have new inhabitants, and in particular that so many local companies are involved in the construction work.