Apple is expanding its operations in Germany and is understood to be planning to build a new office building in Munich, Germany, German media outlet S?ddeutsche Zeitung reported. The new office building, located in the Karl office building in Mahag, former lym, is expected to be completed in 2021 and will accommodate about 1,500 workers.
Although Apple has leased 30,000 square meters of office space, business consultant Clemens Baumgartner confirmed Apple’s involvement, but the company declined to answer questions about the upcoming office space. Apple CEO Tim Cook met Baumgartner at the Munich Oktoberfest during a visit to Germany late last year.
“This will bring high-quality jobs to our city. I used the Munich Oktoberfest to connect with business people and discuss the advantages of Munich as a science and technology venue. I’d be happy if Cook had positive feedback,” Baumgartner said.
Apple already operates the Bavarian Design Center in Munich, Germany, where 300 engineers develop silicon chips and other technologies for the company’s equipment. In an interview, Mr Cook said the city of Munich was valuable because it could build teams that could not be achieved elsewhere. In addition, he said, graduates from nearby universities are valuable assets to the city.
It is unclear whether the existing Bavarian design center will move to a new office building or continue to operate separately, but Apple is already expanding its workforce with ordinary talent. It now has more than 60 job offers in its Munich office, including research and development topics.
Given Apple’s acquisition of Intel’s modem business last July, part of the space in the new office building is likely to be used by Intel’s German-based engineering.