28.03.2024 | Headquarters, Building Technology | Reading-time: 2 min

4B invests 35 million Swiss francs in Hochdorf

Hochdorf - 4B is planning a new machining centre and four additional halls at its headquarters in Hochdorf in the canton of Lucerne. It is also equipping both new and old buildings with photovoltaic systems. The window and façade manufacturer is investing around 35 million Swiss francs in the project.

4B is investing around 35 million Swiss francs in a new machining centre and four new halls at its headquarters in Hochdorf. The Lucerne-based window and façade manufacturer also plans to install photovoltaic systems on both the old and new halls. «With this investment, we are laying the foundations for a new era and another 125 successful years in Hochdorf and Switzerland,» 4B CEO Jean-Marc Devaud is quoted as saying in a statement issued by the company.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the construction work on the four new halls began on 27 March. It should be completed by the beginning of 2025. The first photovoltaic systems will be installed on the existing halls this year. Once the installation work on the new halls has also been completed, 4B aims to produce around three gigawatt hours of electricity from solar energy every year in Hochdorf. This is enough to cover the company's entire electricity consumption at the site. 4B also uses the wood waste from production to generate heat in its own combined heat and power plant.

«With the four new halls and the new machining facility, we are creating the foundations for the long-term optimization of our production processes,» explains Devaud, adding that 4B is also planning to bring production processes that are currently outsourced back to Hochdorf. «We are also creating the flexibility to be equipped for the future,» the company head says.