Press release – Groundbreaking at the new building complex in Gerichshain
BioChem agrar started to expand its corporate headquarters in the industrial park Gerichshain. In addition to the new lab and office building a new greenhouse and a multi-purpose building will be built by 2020. The agricultural analytic company with test sites throughout Europe will invest in the new building with 14 M Euro.
15 September 2017 – Together with Dr. Lysan Massmann, shareholder and managing director of BioChem Holding GmbH, Machern’s mayor Doreen Lieder, architect André Beyer and many invited guests, BioChem agrar is celebrating the commencement of construction with a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony.
“The continually increasing order volume and the concurrent increased employee number have made the new construction indispensable,” explains Dr. Joachim Winkler, technical director of BioChem agrar.
The new buildings will be constructed on the premises of BioChem agrar in the industrial park of Gerichshain near Leipzig. The company has already had its seat here since 2001. It was founded in 1991, when the Cunnersdorf lab was taken over by BioChem Karlsruhe. The employee numbers grew from an initial 20 to now 115, including 70 at the Gerichshain site.
The need for more space is considered with a new building in which there are office rooms and most of all further modern lab rooms. In a new high-tech greenhouse, four separate air climate chambers will offer an optimal environment of ecotoxicological tests on approx. 700 sqm. Further lab, cooling and storage capacities will be created in the new multi-purpose building.
Upon commencement of construction, the tracks are set for future growth. “This building project”, Dr. Winkler summarises, “is pioneering for our company and our BioChem group. At the same time, it also poses a great challenge for all of us that we can only meet by continuing our dedicated work as before.”
About BioChem agrar:
BioChem agrar is an internationally active test facility, offering a broad range of studies for the approval and registration of plant protection agents, chemicals, fertilisers and other products. This includes the performance of environmental compatibility tests in the lab, semi-open land and open land, e.g. with bees and other non-target arthropods, non-target plants as well as terrestrial and aquatic organisms. Added to this, there are services in the area of biological efficiency and residue examinations of agrochemicals and variety tests in agricultural cultures. A modern and high-performance chemical-analytic area completes the broad service range. BioChem agrar is certified to GLP and GEP and accredited according to ISO 17025; it has a Europe-wide test point network.