After a construction period of two years, GF Machining Solutions, a division of GF, inaugurated its new innovation and production center in Biel, an investment of about CHF 100 million providing space for around 450 employees.

GF Machining Solutions' three former sites in Nidau, Ipsach and Luterbach will be united under one roof in Biel. With a total surface area of 44,000 square meters, GF Machining Solutions is bringing together the entire Swiss Milling machine and Laser production.

The new building, which is also the division's headquarters, provides more than 13'000 square meters of space for production and assembly. It allows room for a research and development center and a modern application center too. This will enable customers to experience the division's broad portfolio first-hand and to attend several training courses on-site.

An important milestone for the canton of Bern

“For our business location and local industry, GF's strongly expanded presence is a very positive sign," says Christoph Ammann, president of the Cantonal Government and Head Cantonal Department of Economic Affairs. The new building is "an important milestone for the canton of Bern, the region and the City of Biel."

Pascal Boillat, President GF Machining Solutions, says: "From this new location, we will be able to strengthen our position as a global player, and at the same time rely on our Swiss roots."

GF Machining Solutions provide machine tools, automation solutions and customer services for the production of molds, dies and high value-added metal parts. The division has manufacturing facilities in Switzerland, Sweden, China and in the USA, and serves its customers in more than 50 countries.