National Instruments Relocates to Green Office
National Instruments Hungary Kft. has relocated into LEED-certified Infopark Building E. National Instruments, market leader in the field of measurement, control, and automation occupied its office new area of 1,500 m2 at the end of January 2012. With this lease contract the occupancy level of the office building rose to 75%.
National Instruments Hungary Kft. (NI) is the Hungarian subsidiary and at the same time the Eastern European regional center of a global multinational company that develops and manufactures software and hardware products for engineers and scientists to use for test, control and embedded design applications. National Instruments Hungary Kft., the centre for the company’s Eastern European sales, marketing and operative functions, has relocated its headquarters from Budaörs to Infopark Budapest in January this year. The office park situated in the centre of the capital is the first innovation and technology park of Central and Eastern Europe, which NI believes is the proper place to accommodate its Hungarian office and Eastern European regional centre.
In the past decade the Eastern European region of National Instruments has grown from a few sales offices dispersed all over the region to a regional organization currently supporting 13 countries, headquartered in Budapest, Hungary. The continued steady growth and success of the Eastern European region of National Instruments over the last decade was among the reasons for the relocation. Its new, larger headquarters enable the company to optimize its course of business, as well as allow further expansion and recruitment.
NI participates in the Best Place to Work For survey year by year and has ranked in the upper third of the list each time. ‘Our experience shows that employee satisfaction largely depends on the quality of the everyday work environment. The environmental-conscious features of Infopark Building E make the house stand out from the current selection on the office market, this is why we have decided for the green office building’ says Tímea Novák, Operations Manager at NI.
Infopark Building E was the first existing building in Hungary to win a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. During the certification process such criteria have been evaluated as environmentally sustainable location, effective water and energy management, materials used for construction, and the quality of the interior environment (e.g. air quality). The building received energy rating ‘A’, which means a specific energy consumption of 30% below the permissible limit required by the Hungarian regulations in effect. Based on its parameters the building has won Silver rating of LEED.
With its lease contract signed for 1,500 m2 NI occupies almost the entire second floor of the building, increasing the occupancy rate of Building E to 75% as of January 2012. The new tenant has such neighbours as Lufthansa Systems, Kraft Foods, and the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT).
IVG Hungary Kft. is a branch of IVG Immobilien AG, one of the major real estate companies in Europe. The principal activities of the company are the management and development of office buildings (Asset Management and Development). As of 1998 IVG has developed 11 grade ‘A’ office buildings and acquired 5 buildings (via its investment funds) in Budapest, with a total value of € 300 million. IVG Hungary Kft. is currently managing 15 commercial properties (mainly office buildings) in Budapest, with a lettable area near 120,000 m2.
About National Instruments
National Instruments is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 35,000 different companies worldwide, with no customer representing more than 4 percent of revenue and no industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 6,100 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 13 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.
National Instruments opened its first overseas manufacturing facility in Debrecen, Hungary in 2001. Today the factory is the workplace of more than 1,100 people and the place where 95% of the company’s hardware is produced. NI was directly represented in Eastern Europe in the Czech Republic first, and since then it has expanded to 6 more countries, namely Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and Serbia, out of which Budapest accommodated the sales centre of the region. Currently altogether 13 countries receive professional support from the Budapest sales centre (Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, and Bulgaria).