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Swiss quality

ÅF TOSCANO LTD is creating a distribution centre for Victorinox, makers of the famous Swiss Army knife.

Photo: Current status of the construction work (Webcam Victorinox)

ÅF’s Swiss business, operating under the name of ÅF TOSCANO, is instrumental in helping create a new European distribution centre for Victorinox. The famous Swiss Army pocket knives are still made in the small village of Ibach in central Switzerland, where the brand was founded. The products, which now also include domestic and professional knives, watches, travel gear and perfume, are in great demand globally. To optimise warehousing and distribution, Victorinox is building a new, large and well-connected facility in nearby Seewen (Schwyz). 

The local engineering and architecture company for industrial buildings ÅF TOSCANO is responsible for the planning and construction of the entire building construction in steel, reinforced concrete and concrete, the excavation work and the deep foundation - the only one of its kind in Europe. The company is responsible for the entire production line, access areas and railway tracks connecting the centre to the SBB. ÅF TOSCANO LTD is also in charge of all site construction and civil engineering, and the concepts for the noise protection and earthing systems. 

"We are proud to be trusted by Victorinox, which is known throughout the world for a dedication to quality. At ÅF, we have a broad range of capabilities – much like the multipurpose products of our client - and it is great to get to use our full capacity", says Joel Lussi, ÅF’s branch manager, who has managed the assignment from the start in 2017. The distribution centre will be sizeable. The “footprint” of the planned building is 18’450 m2 (2 floors of 9'225m2 each), its volume is approximately 170’000 m3. 

The project was initiated in 2017 and the facility is planned to be operational in 2020. Currently, five hundred seventy 45-metre piles are being put in place to form the deep foundations. The building construction will start in June 2018.

Nina Brügger, Marketing, AF TOSCANO AG
+41 81 255 19 19