Development center of Antennentechnik Bad Blankenburg is built in Weimar-Legefeld
Intelligent antenna technology, electronics and software for the car of the future will increasingly come from Weimar-Legefeld. The foundation stone for a new development center of Antennentechnik Bad Blankenburg was recently laid there.
LEG (Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft) is building the new center and leasing it on a long-term basis to the company, which has been part of the Chinese group Huizhou Desay SV Automotive Co. Ltd. for more than a year.
By expanding its R&D activities, Desay SV is turning the Weimar-Legefeld site into a bridgehead for Expansion in Europe. Up to now, Antennentechnik Bad Blankenburg has mainly been a supplier for commercial and special vehicles. "The new development center creates the basis for our entry into the broad market of car manufacturers," explains Managing Director Dr. Michael Weber on the occasion of the laying of the foundation stone. "With the development center, we will be able to equip and test vehicle prototypes with our intelligent antennas as well as with vehicle electronics and software from Desay SV. In this way we are paving the way for the autonomous and networked vehicle of the future".
The construction of the development center in Weimar-Legefeld marks the start of a state-of-the-art research and technology campus for pre-series vehicles or "prototype cars".
"Our next project is the construction of a reflection-free antenna measuring chamber," Dr. Weber is pleased to report. "We are on course for growth and will hire 20 to 30 qualified specialists in the short term. Further expansion is planned in the medium term".
LEG Managing Director Andreas Krey said: "For Thuringia, innovative companies like Antennentechnik Bad Blankenburg are a key driver of economic and technological development. The fact that the Chinese parent company Desay SV is setting such an important strategic course in the midst of the Corona crisis is an extremely positive signal that gives impetus and gives courage".
LEG has been supporting the company for many years, and in 2016 helped make it possible for the company to establish itself at the Legefeld site. "I am very pleased with this corporate decision. Antennentechnik Bad Blankenburg ensures that Weimar is not only known as a cultural beacon, but is increasingly perceived as a location for internationally operating companies," said Weimar's Lord Mayor Peter Kleine. "It is above all optimistic and positive news in troubled and economically difficult times. I assure you of the full support of the city of Weimar in all further corporate goals".
Local Mayor Petra Seidel also expressed her delight: "I am very pleased that this future-oriented investment is starting here and now.
Our Legefeld district has long been a good location for innovation and entrepreneurial progress, and this is powerfully underlined by the current expansion of Antennentechnik Bad Blankenburg!