Monday, November 9, 2009

Ground-breaking ceremony: Avira starts work on constructing its new headquarters in Tettnang

Anti-virus company’s new building will be ready for occupation by the end of 2010

Tettnang, 09 November 2009 – Work has begun on the construction of Avira’s new headquarters on Kaplaneiweg in Tettnang. Tjark Auerbach, the founder and managing director of Avira, and Bruno Walter, mayor of the town of Tettnang, turned the first sod on the site today. Together with other representatives of the project, they officially launched the construction work. If all goes according to plan, the building will be completed by the end of November 2010. The costs are expected to run to around euro 11.6 million.

Despite the economic slump, Avira is bucking the general trend and continues to experience steady growth. Almost 220 of its 330 employees worldwide work at the company’s headquarters in Tettnang. The Swabian anti-virus software manufacturer mainly draws its personnel from the local community and the staff are well aware of the advantages of the quality of life in the region. At present, Avira is spread out over ten different locations within Tettnang, a situation that cannot be allowed to continue much longer. “The present structure makes some of our everyday operations inefficient – this relates to the maintenance of our network and telephone systems, as well as to communications between the various departments. A new, central building will eliminate this problem and increase productivity,” explains Werner Berlage, commercial director and construction project manager at Avira.

Reducing the consumption of resources is an important principle at Avira - not just for the company’s software programs. When it came to the building of Avira’s new headquarters, the company was concerned that ecological construction practices should be followed and that alternative energies should be used. Thus, for example, innovative systems are used to exploit geothermal energy and heat retrieval. In addition, triple-glazed windows and thicker insulation on the façade will reduce energy consumption, thereby also cutting CO2 emissions. This sustainable concept will mean that the requirements of the Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV) as they apply to the building will be undercut by more than 50 percent.

The building will be financed from the company’s own resources and loans from the KfW Bank Group, which have been arranged by Sparkasse Bodensee.

About Avira

Avira protects people in the connected world – enabling everyone to manage, secure, and improve their digital lives. The Avira umbrella covers a portfolio of security and performance applications for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS. In addition, the reach of our protective technologies extends through OEM partnerships. Our security solutions consistently achieve best-in-class results in independent tests for detection, performance, and usability. Avira is a privately-owned company that employs 500 people. Its headquarters are near Lake Constance, in Tettnang, Germany, and the company has additional offices in Romania, India, Singapore, China, Japan & the United States. A portion of Avira's sales support the Auerbach Foundation, which assists education, children, and families in need. For more information about Avira visit www.avira.com.