Expansion of the SEW-Eurodrive production plant

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Smart factory, smart BIM

connecting people

SEW Eurodrive, a leading international firm for drive and automation technology, wanted to extend its facilities in Graben–Neudorf to 62,000 m2. The goal was to create a smart factory. Factory buildings, storage facilities, office and recreational areas follow industry 4.0 processes and principles of artificial-intelligence human–machine interaction (HMI). From the new parking facility, staff can reach their workplace in the factory hall by crossing a covered pedestrian bridge and the so-called ‘media bridge’. In the factory hall, the materials delivered from the high-bay warehouse are converted. A truck bridge links the production areas, which are separated by a circular road.

paving the way

All the structures required for this forward-looking project – truck bridge, media bridge, factory halls, high-bay warehouse, energy centre and office buildings – were planned and implemented using the building information modelling (BIM) method. To meet the varied requirements of the end users, a modular structural system consisting of suitable materials was used.

creating construction culture

The innovative structural system is a perfect aesthetic and functional match for the architecture of the whole. The modular approach allows maximum flexibility in a work environment with ever-increasing technological changes. It seems paradoxical, but automation processes and HMI do safeguard jobs in the region.

Year of completion

In progress

Type of intervention

New construction

Contracting authority

SEW-Eurodrive GmbH & Co. KG


Expansion includes:

  • employee car park
  • high-bay storage, office building, technical building
  • energy centre with supply tunnel
  • pipe bridge / pedestrian bridge
  • road bridge


Graben Neudorf

Construction material

Concrete, glas, precast concrete, prestressed concrete, reinforced concrete, steel, steel composite

Type of structure


Services Grassl

Basic assessment, preliminary design, detailed design, planning for approval, construction planning, preparation of tendering, assistance for tendering, building information modelling

Latest news about the project

Good construction progress for the 68,000 m2 new build

Driving the world – this is the slogan under which the family firm of SEW Eurodrive GmbH, one of the world-leading specialists in drive and automation technology, operates ...