The new building provides the best working conditions for staff and it is set up according to the latest standards regarding sustainability, acoustics and lighting.
The need for more office space and factory surface was clear; In Boxmeer, Marel, supplying equipment and solutions all over the world for the poultry, meat, and fish processing industry, continues to develop a steady growth curve. This required more room for more production, more ideas, and more employees.
In their new location, the R&D teams of Marel’s poultry, meat and further processing industries are brought together into one R&D center, thus stimulating cross-pollination and cooperation.
“We are very pleased and proud to provide our staff with these inspiring working environments. This investment confirms the strong foothold we have in Boxmeer now and in the future. We have created excellent working environments for our staff, active in further processing, meat, poultry, supply chain, corporate and IT,” says Anton de Weerd, MD Marel Poultry. “Boxmeer is also the heart of the Marel Poultry division and many new innovations were developed and launched here in the past 55 years, underlining its importance as an AgriFood village.”
A total of 1700m² of office space is reserved for 150 work stations on two floors. The need for more meeting locations has also been fulfilled. In addition to the atrium, which offers many informal meeting places and flexible workspaces, twelve separate rooms with screens have been created.
Wood elements on the outside and the interior design give the new building a Scandinavian touch - not surprisingly, given the Icelandic origin of Marel. The façade of the existing building complex also got a wood panel finish, creating a visual unity.
On Thursday, November 29, the ceremony was performed by the Noord-Brabant vice-governor Bert Pauli, Marel CEO Árni Oddur Thórdarson and Anton de Weerd. With the push of a button, they marked the official opening of the building with fireworks and champagne for all 120 guests. In their speeches, Bert Pauli, as well as Boxmeer Mayor Karel van Soest stressed the regional importance of Marel as an employer and as a major representative of the agri-food industry. Árni Oddur Thórdarson pointed out the necessity of carbon footprint reduction in the food industry; Marel can achieve this by using innovation to process food in the most sustainable way.
Marel likes to thank the local team in Boxmeer involved in the realization: Tim Rijerse en Doede Okkema (R&D and Manufacturing), Rob Lennaerts, Marcel Werts and Wil Verhallen (facility management), as well as Wim Beeftink, Marel project leader, leading the project from start to end.
Furthermore were involved Ragnheidur Halldorsdottir and Bjorgfinn Snaebjornsson, the Icelandic architect who created the very successful look and feel, for both interior and exterior.
In particular, the group of companies responsible for the construction activities are also to be praised for the excellent end result.