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Allied Vision Technologies to Open New Development Center in Ahrensburg, Germany

Allied Vision

The camera producer is moving into larger facilities in Ahrensburg near Hamburg, Germany. New employees to be recruited for hardware and software development.
2007 is a year of growth for machine vision camera manufacturer Allied Vision Technologies (AVT). At the Stadtroda headquarters in central Germany, construction work is already well underway at full speed to double the production area, and now the company is announcing plans to significantly expand the development center in Ahrensburg located near the northern city of Hamburg. AVT's R&D activities will be relocated into larger facilities and additional highly qualified employees will be hired to increase development capabilities both in hardware and software.

New development center in Ahrensburg
In November, the AVT development team will move into the CCA (City Center Ahrensburg). This new office and business complex is currently under construction in the center of Ahrensburg and will open its doors in September. Allied Vision Technologies will occupy the first floor with about 1,200 sq m (13,000 sq ft). There, it will have more room for offices and laboratories for product and software development including product management and marketing. Frank Grube, President/CEO of Allied Vision Technologies GmbH, is happy about the relocation: ‘‘We have grown faster than expected in recent years. Our former offices are already no longer sufficient,’‘ he explains. Not only will all current employees have enough room in the CCA, but the area is also designed for additional growth for up to 50 employees. ‘‘With this move, we also anticipate the next expansion stage,’‘ the manager says.

New employees wanted
The company has further growth plans. ‘‘With our digital cameras, we are very successful in the booming market for industrial and scientific image processing,’‘ Frank Grube explains. ‘‘In order to expand our leading position further, we are starting an innovation drive.’‘ For this, additional hardware and software developers are being recruited to strengthen the Ahrensburg development center. ‘‘We are going to expand our team at both the junior and senior levels’‘, says Grube. Altogether, AVT will hire more than 20 new employees this year at the two German sites in Stadtroda and Ahrensburg.

Commitment to Ahrensburg
The move into the new development center in the CCA is already the third since Allied Vision Technologies began development of its own cameras in 2001, yet the technology company has always remained faithful to the center of Ahrensburg. Frank Grube explains the reasons: ‘‘For our development center, we need highly qualified engineers from the fields of electrical engineering, computer technology, and information. In Ahrensburg and the Hamburg metropolitan region, we can rely on a large pool of applicants. It is also important for us to offer our employees an attractive living and working environment. We will meet this demand through large office spaces and our position in the heart of Ahrensburg.’‘

The success story of the technology company is closely connected with the city at the gates of Hamburg. When AVT started the development of its first camera family at the end of 2001, the first development office was opened in Ahrensburg. At that time, the team consisted of three development engineers. With the success, the product line and the number of employees grew, so the company moved a few hundred meters to the current location in 2004. Likewise, the next move is only a stone's throw away: AVT employees have been able to observe the progress of the construction of the CCA from the windows of their present offices.


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