The adage about not judging a book by its cover couldn’t be more appropriate in the southern Bavarian town of Chieming-Hart. The village, with its 4715 inhabitants has a church, a pub, rows of neat houses, and a small warehouse with a loading ramp and offices housed in a former bank building. But this is neither a warehouse, nor a bank, nor anything else one would expect in this picturesque retreat. For this place, in its breathtaking unobtrusiveness, is a robot factory.
Outside the building, on a quiet street where cars are rarely seen, Mathias Hubrich, the founder of robot production firm Roboterwerk GmbH, is hard at work on a summer morning at a makeshift desk. He’s working here undisturbed at his Mac. The village is home to Hubrich and his company’s two engineers, Arno Klüglein and Manuel Wentenschuh, who are inside the building, tightening screws and soldering components. “Many people are moving from Munich to the country,” says Hubrich, who is delighted that the area has no shortage of skilled workers.