NORD DRIVESYSTEMS expands Polish site

The NORD factory in Wiechlice was only opened in 2019; it will be expanded due to required production capacities (Image: NORD DRIVESYSTEMS)

NORD DRIVESYSTEMS is expanding its Polish site in Wiechlice. With the expansion, NORD will almost triple the size of one of its two Polish production locations. Among others, the innovative IE5+ motor is produced there. Apart from the extension of the existing factory hall, a new geothermal system will be installed.

After Nowa Sól, Wiechlice in Western Poland is NORD DRIVESYSTEMS’ second production site in Poland. Only established in 2019, the required production capacities already require more space. This is why the factory will be expanded. An extension will be added to the existing factory hall from two sides. This will almost triple the current area from 11,000m2 to 32,000m2.

“The demand for the IE5+ motor and other electric motors is further increasing, and made this extension necessary”, explained Jörg Niermann, head of marketing at NORD.

Construction works started in Apr 2023; the opening is expected in the second quarter of 2024. Currently, 10,000 motors are produced at the site per week. After the expansion, the production is planned to be tripled. The workforce of currently 220 employees will also significantly increase.

Site of manufacturing for the IE5+ synchronous motor

Within NORD’s international production association, the factory in Wiechlice is of special importance. The IE5+ synchronous motor is manufactured here. It is characterised by its energy efficiency that exceeds the highest defined IE5 efficiency class. Further motors in sizes between 63 and 160 are also produced at the site that is located 100 kilometres from the German border. Aside from this, they have the stator manufacturing there, whose heart — the winding — runs completely automatically in two production lines.

The employees in Wiechlice are highly qualified; the production facilities meet the latest requirements. “With the automatic winding, we are in a leading role”, Niermann emphasised. “This is no industry-wide standard yet.”