Ten years after the inauguration of its manufactury in Neuchâtel, Officine Panerai has announced the start of work for a new factory which will consolidate all R&D, production and assembly of their watches.
The new production facility will be opened at the end of 2013. At the moment, the stages of development, manufacture, assembly and quality control are all in different locations. The consolidation will naturally mean a higher production capacity. Inside the new building there will be a large space for something called the ‘Workshop of Ideas’, where research and development will be consolidated.
The new manufacture will have an area of 10,000 square metres and will house 290 employees. There are currently 160 employed at OP’s central Neuchâtel premises. One thing that OP are proud of is that the new factory will cut CO2 impact significantly, with a focus on emission reducing equipment and sustainability.
Hopefully, they’ll also ensure that a problem like the PAM 318 ‘Brooklyn Bridge’ movement debacle doesn’t occur again…