ARRI opens new HQ in Munich
Thursday, 8 October 2020
munichJudith Gerlach (centre), Bavarian State Minister for Digital Affairs, in the ARRI Studio with Dr. Michael Neuhaeuser, Dr. Carolin Stahl, Walter Trauninger, Christoph Stahl, Stephan Schenk, and Markus Zeiler
Germany - Since its establishment in 1917, ARRI’s historical location in Munich's Tuerkenstrasse has been the main hub of activity for the business. Now, the globally active film technology company is relocating its headquarters and the entire Camera Systems division to Munich’s Parkstadt Schwabing.
On 6 October, 2020, Judith Gerlach, Bavarian State Minister for Digital Affairs and also responsible for the state’s film industry, commemorated the opening with a visit to the new building. She was welcomed by ARRI executive board members Dr. Michael Neuhaeuser and Markus Zeiler, the two managing directors of ARRI Cine Technik Stephan Schenk and Walter Trauninger, as well as by the members of the supervisory board and representatives of the owner family Dr. Carolin Stahl and Christoph Stahl.
ARRIAL is the new production and office building, offering over 600 workspaces, that has been tailored to meet ARRI’s future needs. Located at Herbert Bayer Strasse 10, in the direct vicinity of many other global players, the name ARRIAL was born out of an internal employee competition. Inspired by the architecture of American film studios, the building consists of two spacious, interconnected building blocks.
“Some visitors recognise analogue film strips from earlier times or the carbon housings of our digital ARRI cameras in the dynamic-looking, almost perforated, black brick facade,” comments managing director Walter Trauninger who is responsible, along with Stephan Schenk, for the Camera Systems business unit.
The State Minister for Digital Affairs Judith Gerlach explains: “The history of ARRI is a true Bavarian success story - high tech from our state has become indispensable to the film industry worldwide. I am pleased about this, not only as Minister for Film, but also as Minister for Digital. With the new company headquarters in Munich, ARRI is setting the course for the future. I wish you good luck and success in your new home.”
“ARRIAL, for the first time in our company’s history, has united all the specialist areas within the Camera Systems unit - from development and production to marketing and service - as well as all central functions under one roof, with the shortest possible distances between them,” says managing director Stephan Schenk.
“With around 1,400 employees and numerous branches worldwide, ARRI is truly a global player,” says executive board member Markus Zeiler. “Still ARRI remains a Munich-based company with a long tradition. With this new building, ARRI is committing itself to Munich as a production and innovation location in the future.”
The company’s founding location in Munich’s Tuerkenstrasse is still owned by ARRI. The ARRI Media division, responsible for postproduction, and the ASTOR Film Lounge at ARRI with three movie theaters, which was newly opened after the renovation, will remain on the premises, as will other private and commercial tenants, including the medical technology company Munich Surgical Imaging, the Munich City Museum, the Muenchner Verlagsgruppe (Munich Publishing Group), parts of the Tropical Institute, and film production companies.

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