Kostal Group Opens Central Hub in Budapest

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Kostal Group, a German family-owned company, opened its new sustainable flagship office in Budapest, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal. 

The new business services center will be the hub of the company's overall operations and global sustainability efforts, which is also reflected in the design of the office. 

"In order to be able to continue to focus on technology and customer orientation, the bundling of parts of our administrative activities is a necessary and logical step. In our view, Budapest with its large number of highly qualified employees is the best location for our shared business services," stated Andreas Kostal in his speech during the formal office opening ceremony.

Hipa CEO István Joó highlighted the economic importance of Kostal’s new office, saying “Employing 70,000+ predominantly highly skilled workers, the BSC sector is a dynamically growing segment of the Hungarian economy. The Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency alone guided 103 related projects creating over 19,000 jobs from 2014 to 2022."

"Kostal’s new global business service center perfectly fits into Hungary’s strategic objective to incentivize investments that create high added value. Our country has become a leading global BSC hub in the CEE region, and everything points in the direction that she can remain an attractive investment target. For we are confident that we would be able to attract and retain talent and keep up the inflow of investments," he noted.

Unique Office and a New Way of Working

"Kostal Business Services Center is not merely an office and is not even a location. It is a way of working," emphasized Péter Csucska, managing director of KBS regarding the office culture. "In our office, the work is fully flexible. No one is forced to come to the office for whatever number of days per week - unless they want to."

Flexibility is also a key principle of office design. No one has a dedicated desk - but everyone can choose from half a dozen ways of working on that particular day - sitting, standing, collaborating, brainstorming, meeting - or enjoying the silence and privacy of phone booths, or the silent zone. Furthermore, no one but the HR team has a dedicated office, this way directors, managers, and team leads can stay close to their teams, and can choose from many meeting rooms equipped with the latest technology to carry out hybrid meetings, according to the press release.

Ida Kiss, design director of DVM group, interior designer, and fit-out contractor agency said the following about the office design process, “During our collaboration with Kostal, the key guiding principle was to create an interior that faithfully reflects the company’s core values and strategic goals: family-friendly, people-centered, and collaborative. Sustainability has also been a key element throughout the design, with lettuce production towers, lots of plants, and natural materials being the striking elements. We have created attractive spaces where colleagues feel at home, inspiring collaborative thinking, while also providing an opportunity for reflection and enabling high performance.”

The company's commitment to sustainability, as a leading supplier of products and systems for hybrid and electric vehicles, solar inverters, and frequency converters, is also reflected in their corporate slogan ‘We shape the future today’. The new office was designed to cater to their needs of minimalized energy consumption and resource efficiency. 

The energy-efficient LED lights are controlled by an automatic motion sensor system, so they only switch on if the room is occupied. Some 71% of the glass walls in the office are reused, they have been disassembled from the previous office, cleaned, and integrated into the design, and 27% of the office desks at the workstations are reused and repainted. Furthermore, 50% of the annual electricity consumption of the office will be powered by solar panels and they have been also focusing on minimizing their water consumption. 

"I believe that this new office of Kostal Group is a true reflection of our goals for the future and helps to engage our colleagues in day-to-day sustainability efforts of our company to transform corporate sustainability ambitions to reality," said József Bőhm, the company's global head of sustainability. 


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