Shimano has announced the opening of its new European head office at the High Tech Campus in Eindoven.
The state-of-the-art new build offices offer Shimano’s 180 employees a clean, spacious working environment with an emphasis on technology and culture.
The building houses Shimano Europe’s product coordination, sales, marketing, quality control, finance, legal, IT and HR teams; it is also home to the product development team for cycle accessory brand PRO. The company will also retain its Nunspeet office to take care of warehousing, supply chain activities and its Benelux operations.
The new site sports eco-friendly features such as rooftop solar panels, which take care of hot water requirements and smart water recycling systems to reduce water consumption.
The open-plan workspace and glass exterior of the building creates a strong relationship with the green Brabant campus and allows natural light into the building. Vertical metal wall slats protect the building from excessive heating but the sun and reflect light to the inside, further reducing the need for artificial light.
Amongst other environmental considerations, these features resulted in the building achieving a five-star BREEAM certification.
Shimano Inc. president Yozo Shimano said: “We were welcomed to the European bicycle and fishing market 45 years ago. Since that time we have been striving to increase the social value of bicycles and create those new cultures in Europe by offering our captivating products. This new start in the center of intelligence here at the High Tech Campus will give Shimano a greater opportunity to thrive and contribute to the prosperity of the European bicycle, fishing and rowing world.”
Shimano Europe president Marc Van Rooij added: “Since being in the North Brabant region, one can’t fail to see the strong entrepreneurial spirit, real enthusiasm between companies and their people and the collaborative winners’ mentality that Eindhoven and the High Tech Campus offer Shimano.
“We intend to make use of these ingredients to make our company more successful in the near and long term, expanding the potential of what’s possible between the bike and the rider. I am convinced that the surroundings at the High Tech Campus will offer us the opportunities to realize these challenges.