Stadler invests in the future and builds a new commissioning centre for trains in Hennigsdorf

Stadler continues to grow and is building a new commissioning centre for rail vehicles in Hennigsdorf by 2027. The previous commissioning centre in Velten will be converted into a service centre.

Stadler has acquired a plot of land measuring around 46,000 square metres in Hennigsdorf, in the district of Oberhavel in Brandenburg. In the future, the Swiss rail vehicle manufacturer's new site will be used to commission the trains produced at the Berlin-Pankow plant.

The existing halls at the Hennigsdorf site will be renovated and expanded and a new customer acceptance centre will be built between 2024 and 2027. In the future, 128 employees will work at the site.
The company is planning a total of 1,314 metres of tracks inside the hall with a new and modern infrastructure that includes crane and pit systems as well as fixed roof work stands. For dynamic tests, a 744-metre-long track system will be built in the outdoor area, which will have overhead line systems for regional trains as well as third rails for underground and S-Bahn trains. The electrical supply for the high-voltage area in the new customer centre and the dynamic test tracks in the outdoor area will be provided by a separate, state-of-the-art multi-voltage supply system.

"Stadler is already firmly connected to the Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region with several locations," says Jure Mikolčić, CEO of Stadler in Germany. "Our commissioning centre in Velten is now reaching the limits of its capacity. For this reason, we have decided to establish Hennigsdorf as a location and set up our new commissioning centre with modern infrastructure there. In doing so, we are not only creating future-oriented jobs in the region, but also setting another milestone in our 20-year history of growth."

Thomas Günther, Mayor of Hennigsdorf, commented: "I am delighted that it was possible to tie Stadler, as a manufacturer of commuter trains, underground trains, trams and regional trains, to Hennigsdorf. The modern, traditional company is continuing here its success story in Germany here. With its proximity to the capital, the production site in Berlin-Pankow and the good transport connections, we offer Stadler optimal conditions. This will strengthen our metal and rail cluster - one of three major economic pillars in Hennigsdorf. Everyone benefits from this - in addition to exciting new jobs, we are strengthening rail vehicle construction and thus also the regional business location."

Commissioning includes all the activities required to make a fully assembled rail vehicle ready for operation. For example, the relevant functions of the trains are tested on the hardware and software side while stationary and while travelling so that the vehicles can then be handed over to the customer. 

In future, the Service Division's work in Germany, such as modernisations, overhauls and accident repairs, will be carried out at the previous commissioning site in Velten.