Global technology company ZF has bought nine acres of land in Solihull to create a new purpose-built home here in the second city.

The firm will be relocating their current Solihull team, based in Shirley, to a new home on Blythe Valley Business Park. The move to the park, owned by IM Properties, will enable them to create an innovative technical centre and office building.

Currently spread across four offices, the new home for ZF will allow the four teams to be housed in one location and to explore the very latest technologies in their industry.

Specialising in driveline and chassis technology, ZF has a global workforce of almost 150,000 people operating from 230 locations in 40 countries. Their significant investment here in Birmingham shows that the global firm plans to make the city a solid home for the future.

Alastair McQueen, vice-president and site lead for ZF in Shirley, said: “The new site at Blythe Valley Park offers us the opportunity to maintain our long-time affiliation with the Shirley area and will bring together the many facets of our existing multi-disciplinary campus under one roof.

“We will have a sustainable, fit-for-purpose building, utilising the latest technologies to support the innovative and technological nature of our work.”

Lewis Payne, development director with IM Properties, added: “Blythe Valley Park has consistently attracted a broad range of high-quality occupiers from professional services to technology companies and has helped retain some of the region’s most forward-thinking businesses.

“Our significant investment into the site and focus on creating a high-quality environment is striking a chord with occupiers and we look forward to welcoming such a prestigious company as ZF.”

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