New building in full operation

How the basic structure of today's factory in Rankweil was created.

At the Rankweil factory, the fabulous success of recent years was made evident primarily by the acute lack of space. So far, the company had built a new hall here, purchased a plot of land there, all around the old buildings. By the mid-1980s things were very clear: "Running a competitive operation is no longer possible in this 'organic' structure of buildings. We'll tear down the old and completely rebuild - but under full production."

This was how, from 1986 to 1988 and with very careful planning, the present building was constructed in 3 phases. The principle: first the production lines were relocated, then the old parts of the building were demolished and rebuilt in the same place, and finally the production lines were moved back to where they had been originally. The project succeeded with no major problems thanks to the large degree of flexibility and commitment from the production teams at the time and from the tradesmen involved.

"The rebuild was the biggest challenge of my professional life."

Erich Rauch

Thanks to committed employees, Rauch succeeded with a masterstroke: almost completely rebuilding the factory whilst simultaneously continuing production at full capacity.