Large building project for the future
The Hilcona headquarters in Schaan will be modernised and adapted to future market developments. As part of an overall plan, several modernisation and optimisation investments will be carried out. CHF 15 million was approved for the construction of a new production building for the first phase from October 2019.
Hilcona can look back on very successful years and constant sales growth. In order to be able to continue growing in the future, it has become necessary to bring the existing areas up to the state of the art. Over the next few years, the headquarters in Schaan, Liechtenstein, will be modernised and optimised as part of a compre-hensive overall plan for long-term development. In addition to the replacement of older buildings and facilities, investments in a modern infrastructure and pro-duction areas are planned.
The planned main areas of the investments will be the pro-duction buildings with logistics areas and incoming goods, highrack warehouses, deep-freeze warehouses, outbound buildings (collection of goods), and the production buildings, including the qual-ity assurance area and the pasta preservation. The construction activities will take place in the next years during the ongoing operation.
As part of the master plan, the first phase, an additional production building, was ap-proved with an investment of 15 million Swiss francs. The first construction phase started in October 2019. The further projects and the associated investment volume will be worked out in line with future market developments and submitted to the Board of Directors of the Bell Food Group for approval once the planning work has been completed.
For Hilcona, the expansion of its opera-tions is an important step towards optimis-ing its market position. Besides the logistical improvements on the plant site, Hilcona is also taking a further step in its sustainability strategy with the conversion work. The plant in Schaan is already climate-neutral today, thanks to the use of district heating from the Buchs waste incineration plant and hydroelec-tric power. The master plan envisages further investments to optimise the use of resources and extensive greening of the roof area. The Schaan site will be built in accordance with the latest environmental guidelines and the latest findings in preventive occupational safety, making it a real showcase project.