Kärcher has opened a purpose-built center at its new Oceania headquarters in Mount Waverly, Victoria.
The two-level center, which is the largest in Australia to date, accommodates office, conference and service facilities, a retail showroom as well as the first Kärcher Academy training facility for Australia and New Zealand.
The center was officially opened this week by Kärcher’s global CEO and chairman of the Kärcher management board, Hartmut Jenner.
“As an innovation-driven company, Kärcher has an ever-evolving portfolio so it’s important to provide a place to allow people to use the latest machines and learn how to master difficult cleaning tasks; the Academy and Kärcher Center here is an excellent place to show the people our cleaning expertise and help them finding the right cleaning solution. It is very important for us to have a place like this in the important Australian market,” ,” Jenner said.
The facility takes Kärcher’s global footprint to 744 and forms part of its broader expansion strategy to have 1000 centers by 2020.
Region president and Australian managing director Hamish Matheson said the facility sets up Kärcher for continued growth across the region.
“This is a proud day for [Australia] and across the region, and I am very proud of our new Kärcher head office – and all the people who work there.
“It’s an amazing space and we look forward to welcoming Kärcher Center visitors and helping them to find smarter, faster, greener and more efficient ways to clean.”
Matheson told INCLEAN the company plans to continue to increase its footprint across Australia and New Zealand.
“We believe there’s scope for around 25 sites in Australia by 2022, as well as few more in New Zealand, which currently has four centers.”
Globally, Kärcher has more 13,000 employees across 70 countries, with a portfolio of more than 3000 machines – providing solutions from industrial sweepers and floor scrubber’s to domestic window cleaning and vacuums.
Read more about the new Kärcher Center in the next issue of INCLEAN magazine.
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