Apple will make Munich its European Silicon Design Center, the company announced today. The company says the move will add hundreds of new employees and a new state-of-the-art facility focused on connectivity and wireless technologies. The expansion, along with additional investments in research and development, will add up to over 1 billion euros over the next three years.
“I couldn’t be more excited for everything our Munich engineering teams will discover — from exploring the new frontiers of 5G technology, to a new generation of technologies that bring power, speed, and connectivity to the world,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Munich has been a home to Apple for four decades, and we’re grateful to this community and to Germany for being a part of our journey.”
The new, 30,000-square-meter facility is located in central Munich’s Karlstrasse. Apple plans to start moving into the new building in late 2022, and it will have LEED Gold certification from day one. Like all Apple offices globally, it will run entirely on 100 percent renewable energy. Across Germany, Apple now has over 4,000 team members in a range of roles, including retail, engineering, and operations.
The Cupertino firm says it has spent over 15 billion euros with over 700 companies of all sizes across Germany, including chip manufacturer Infineon, battery company Varta, and the family-owned chemical company DELO.