We have been able to double our turnover, the size of our production area, and our number of employees. We invested in nearly every area in order to meet ever more demanding customer requirements. We built three new production and assembly halls, over 6,000 square meters in size, including office and communal gathering spaces. The production area at our Neukirch location nearly doubled and now we have two sites at our headquarters in Wächtersbach-Aufenau. The final new building was recently opened for use.
We would have liked to celebrate its dedication in the context of our 50th anniversary!
All of these expansions provide more space and improve the effectiveness of transportation and logistics in the production processes. Naturally we invested in more top-quality machines in order to increase production capacities and meet increased demand. More specifically, over the last three years we purchased several high-quality machining centers and new ultrasound cleaning equipment for large parts. To improve quality control and quality assurance we also added more measuring and testing machines. Altogether, HKS has made investments of more than fifteen million euros in the last eight years.
The HKS family of employees also grew during this period to over 250. Despite our massive growth, however, we have maintained the character of a family-operated business. In Wächtersbach-Aufenau and Neukirch/Lausitz we have become a significant regional employer. Improved production conditions and a larger staff have also resulted in quicker production and delivery times.
We are a highly effective, reliable, confident, innovative, and flexible partner for our customers, suppliers, and employees.