Porsche and Schuler have chosen Halle an der Saale, Germany, as the location for their new joint press shop. The 13-hectare site is in the vicinity of Porsche’s Leipzig plant. The sports-car manufacturer and the forming specialist from Göppingen want to drive the flexibility and digitalization of body-part manufacturing. Their joint venture, Smart Press Shop GmbH & Co. KG, will invest approximately $112 million in this project, which is expected to create 100 permanent jobs. Construction is due to commence in the second half of 2019, and production at the new press shop is scheduled to begin in 2021. 

According to Schuler, the project will enable the companies to raise production efficiency and the digitalization of important process steps in car manufacturing to a new level for forming technology.

According to Porsche, the joint press shop will bring the company closer to its goal of the “Zero Impact Factory,” a production facility without any impact on the environment.