July 7 2008.

The new Development and Management Centre of Husqvarna will be in operation from May next year.

On Wednesday 2nd July, a foundation-laying ceremony took place at Cassinetta di Biandronno (Varese) for the new Husqvarna Motorcycles HQ, which is to be built to supplement the motorcycle manufacturer's existing premises at 8, Via Nino Bixio. The ceremony was presided over by Friedrich Eichiner, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Hendrik Von Kuenheim, President of BMW Motorrad, and Rainer Thoma, President and Managing Director of Husqvarna Motorcycles, as well as local church and government representatives and the Husqvarna staff.

An innovative project showing commitment to the region
The total area of the Husqvarna site is 42,320m2. The new work involves an area of 6300m2, including approximately 600m2 of the old spare parts warehouse, recently demolished when parts distribution was moved to BMW Italia. The new building will have a footprint of 2603m2, a total floor area of 5800m2 and a total volume of 25,156m3.

The project involves the use of techniques that cut completion times to the minimum while still ensuring high architectural quality and an excellent working environment. The structure has the most advanced systems of thermal and acoustic insulation in accordance with energy-saving regulations, and will be fitted with a system of solar panels to provide hot water throughout the building.

The new establishment has a been designed to permit production levels of up to 40,000 bikes a year, and every section is scheduled to be complete by summer 2009.

"The building of Husqvarna Motorcycles' HQ at Cassinetta di Biandronno" declared Rainer Thoma, President and CEO of Husqvarna Motorcycles, "shows how keen our firm and the whole BMW Group are to invest in Italy, and in the area of Varese in particular: not just in setting up new buildings, but also in finding the right workforce, and especially the right highly skilled staff."

The new Cassinetta HQ
The creation of the new corporate HQ is the result of a project designed to bring Husqvarna Motorcycles' various organisational units together in the shortest possible time. Both the structure and the organisation of the new HQ have been conceived and designed to encourage product development and optimal integration of all the functional units involved in the process of creating the whole range of Husqvarna Motorcycles. The structure is designed in such a way as to cope with forecast growth in the medium term and also to be extended in the longer term without difficulty.

The design puts the engine division and the roller test benches on the ground floor (2603m2), in the centre of the building. The surrounding area is devoted to the workshop producing prototypes and racing bikes. One section is likewise reserved for the Training Centre for the technicians of Husqvarna's after-sales support network.

Side by side on the 2278m2 first floor are the Styling Centre (753m2) and the Development Division (816m2). Here they will have all the tools required for ensuring that their work is focused entirely on the product. The Purchasing Department and the Market Research Department are also on the same floor, both close to the Development Division so that the Development Division is increasingly at the centre of the firm's commercial activities and gets the most out of them in terms of functionality, quality and cost, in close collaboration with the suppliers.

On the second floor (592m2) are the senior management and administration offices; these occupy the northern part of the building only, and beside them there is an open space on the roof of the Development Division for the presentation of new models.

At the roadside front of the building, there is space for installing the 325m2 Husqvarna Motorcycles showroom, which will be highly visible and easily accessible.