EMPL invests 20 million euros in the expansion of its German production site


The Tyrolean family-run company EMPL, whose custom-built truck bodies are in use worldwide, is investing around 20 million euros in building a pioneering assembly plant and customer centre in Germany. Due to the close cooperation and many links between the two companies, this expansion of the subsidiary plant in Zahna-Elster will also benefit the main factory in Austria. The investment will secure the company site in the Zillertal region and jobs in Tyrolia for years to come.

On course for growth
The factory expansion is helping EMPL to meet the worldwide high demand for special-purpose truck bodies. A solid business performance and the goal of sustainable growth called for production to be expanded. Internal structures and organisational processes will also be adapted to the new challenges during this process. “This investment is an important step for strengthening our position in technologically complex markets in the fields of fire fighting, construction but also national defence, which have shown a stable development even in the currently difficult economic climate,” explains Managing Director Joe Empl proudly. “This allows us to get ready for future tasks and contributes to securing our sites.”

As an Austrian company, EMPL has developed from a small blacksmith’s shop to a globally acting player over the course of its 70-year company history. EMPL opened its own factory in Germany in 1992 and has invested significant sums in both sites on a regular basis ever since.

Modern production and customer centre
Over the years, EMPL acquired land adjacent to the company sites in Austria and Germany to be ready for future expansions. The ground-breaking ceremony for the EUR 20 million complex was held on 8 October 2020 in the presence of numerous guests of honour, including Saxony-Anhalt’s then Interior Minister Holger Stahlknecht. The complex is expected to be completed and commissioned in the 3rd quarter of 2021. Architecture, planning and construction management provided by Tyrolean companies.

The site will have a total floor area of over 8,500 m² and a cubic volume of 55,000 m³. In addition to a modern assembly and production workshop with an office section, the site will also include an exclusive customer centre with seminar and meeting rooms, various testing stations and a vehicle test track.

More then 2000 vehicle bodies and towed vehicles leave the factories in Austria and Germany every year. In 2019, EMPL generated a turnover of 136 million euros with around 550 employees. “We will continue to uphold our objective of developing the best technical solutions and market-based innovations for our customers, adapted to the specific requirements at hand,” says Managing Director Joe Empl.

EMPL – progress through foresight

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