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Creating More Space for Innovation: LOBA Breaks Ground for Sustainable “Center of Research & Development”

Kick-off for the Center of Research & Development at the LOBA Headquarters in Ditzingen / Germany: Ditzingen Mayor Ulrich Bahmer, LOBA Managing Directors Alfred Melka and Mario Probst, and Operations Manager Andreas Beutinger (from left to right) are thrilled about the start of construction. (Photo: LOBA)

Ground-breaking ceremony at LOBA Headquarters, Germany

On January 15, 2024, the Managing Directors of LOBA, Alfred Melka and Mario Probst, celebrated the symbolic start of construction together with the Mayor of Ditzingen, Ulrich Bahmer. “By breaking ground for another 3,500 m2, LOBA is setting a milestone in its more than 100-year company history,” says Ulrich Bahmer, delighted with the expansion of the company headquarters in Ditzingen.



With a budget of approximately 8.5 million euros, the three-story Center of Research & Development being built to the west of the factory represents the largest single investment in company history. The reinforced concrete structure meets the requirements of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB e.V.) at the Gold level. “With our new Center of Research & Development, we want to give innovation even more space. In addition to product development, the building will house our application technology with indoor and outdoor test areas, as well as spacious storage rooms for raw materials and finished goods,” explains Alfred Melka.



LOBA already expanded its production facilities last year, thus greatly increasing both capacity and efficiency. The digitalization of production processes to optimize production planning, order processing, and quality assurance also progressed successfully. The new building is designed for carbon-neutral operation, and an extensive photovoltaic system is planned. “The start of construction sends a strong message to the entire LOBA team and to our customers worldwide. These new premises will offer us excellent conditions to make our product portfolio even more innovative and future-proof. And the additional logistics capacities will enable us to provide a high level of service for our constantly-growing international business,” summarizes Mario Probst.


About LOBA


Based in Ditzingen near Stuttgart, LOBA was founded over a century ago. Its core business is the design, finishing, and care of wood floors. The company also offers expertise in elastic and mineral flooring. With subsidiaries in Brazil and China, as well as joint ventures with Wakol in Poland and North America, the LOBA Group currently employs around 195 people, 115 of whom work in Ditzingen, Germany. Since 1922, LOBA has established its successful brand in over 60 countries through technical excellence, premium products, and unwavering dedication to its customers. LOBA On Top!

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