We don’t really think about it, but well-run factories are imperative to the success of any consumer goods companies – bascically, it’s all about us and our shopping habbits. Companies can corner whole markets by recognizing a viable product and acquiring or constructing a factory to focus on specialised, mass production.
A factory is a huge investment, depending on the size and the products coming out of its gates. Typically, those institutions and companies with the largest factories also are similarly some of the largest and most influential names in the world. The following are the 15 largest factories in the world, and the names behind them.
15. NASA Vehicle Assembly Building
Located between Miami and Jacksonville, the NASA Vehicle Assembly Building is the largest single-story building in the world. It was built in 1966 to allow for the proper assembly of the Saturn V rocket used for the Apollo program. It measures a sizeable 32,374 m² with 3.66 million m³ of volume. It covers some 8 acres of land and is 525ft tall.
14. Meyer Werft Dockhalle 2
Meyer Werft is one of the largest shipyard companies located in Germany. Founded in 1795, it houses the largest shipping hall worldwide, Dockhalle 2. This shipping hall has an impressive floor area of 63,000 m², which is mainly used to construct cruise ships. This roofed dry dock has a length of 504 m, a width of 125 m and a height of 75 m.
Aerium is a redeveloped factory initially intended to be an airship hangar. The Nazis built this humongous establishment in the early years of World War II to develop their military base. They occupied the site until 1945, when the Red Army seized it. The Soviet Army then increased the runway from 1,000 m to 2,500 m. This made the building an effective place to house fighter planes.
12. Constellation Bristol
Constellation Bristol is a wine connoisseur’s dream come true, as one of the largest beer and wine warehouses in the world. Measuring a whooping 850,000 sq ft, Constellation Bristol can carry a jaw-dropping 9.5 million gallons of alcohol. That’s approximately 14 Olympic-sized pools. It houses 57 million wine bottles, accounting for about 15% of United Kingdom’s total wine market.
11. Tesco Ireland Distribution Centre
This distribution center is the largest building in Ireland. Opened in 2007, this dry grocery and electrical goods distribution center measures 80,194 m². The building is huge; it is close to half a mile in length, which will take the average person some 12 minutes to walk end to end.
10. Lauma Fabrics
Lauma Fabrics specializes in the production of lace and raw materials for lingerie. It also manufactures elastic ribbons and fabric. Being one of the largest companies in this industry, Lauma possesses the largest fabric factory in the world. The factory measures a stunning 115,645 m2 with a length of 225m and a width of 505m.
9. Jean-Luc Lagardère Plant
The Jean-Luc Lagardère Plant is mainly used as a final assembly line in the production of the 800-seater, $428 million Airbus A380. Located in Toulouse-Blagnac, the 470m long assembly line has a footprint of 122,500 m². Parts of the Airbus A380 are manufactured in several locations including Spain, UK, Germany and France. These parts are then brought to the Jean-Luc Lagardère Plant for final assembly.
8. Target Import Warehouse
Target is the second largest United States discount retailer, and for that, it needs a humongous warehouse. Of its warehouses, Targets Import Warehouse is by far the largest, having a total floor area of 185,800 m². It has 1,934 stores across North America that always need to be stocked up to make the customer happy. Target also has three more import warehouses.
7. Belvidere Assembly Plant
Located in Illinois, United States, Belvidere Assembly Plant is a Chrysler factory that assembles car brands such as the Jeep Compass, the Jeep Patriot and the Dodge Dart. The plant measures 330,000 m² and is 700m long and 300m wide spread over 280 acres of land. Its labor force mainly consists of robots, with its body shop hosting approximately 780 robots.
6. Mitsubishi Motors North America
Founded in 1981, Mitsubishi Motors North America oversees the manufacturing, production, sales, research and development of the Mitsubishi car brand across the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Canada through a well-developed network of over 700 car dealers. To keep up with this demand, the company has put up a massive 220,000 m² factory that mainly deals with the Mitsubishi Outlander.
5. Boeing Factory in Everett
Everett, Washington is home to the largest Boeing facility in the world. The Boeing Everett Factory has a mind-blowing floor area of 398,000 m². It covers 98.3 acres of land, and it is the location where the Boeing 747, 767, and 777 are made. The assembly of the newly launched 787 Dreamliner also takes place here.
4. Tesla Factory
Elon Musk’s Tesla Company has been all the rage of late. Tesla Motors focuses solely on the production of electric cars and electric powertrain components. Situated in Fremont, California, this expansive automobile car production facility has a footprint of 510,000 m². The Tesla Model S, Model 3, Model X, and Roadster are manufactured in this plant.
3. Aalsmeer Flower Auction Building
Technically not a mainstream factory, Aalsmeer Flower Auction building is the largest building in the world in terms of its real estate space: It covers a gigantic 518,000 m² and is home to the largest flower auction worldwide. The building is 740m long and 700m wide. Approximately 25 million flowers from countries such as Kenya, Colombia, Ethiopia and Ecuador are traded here on a daily basis.
2. Hyundai Motor Company’s Ulsan Factory
The Hyundai Motor Company’s Ulsan manufacturing facility occupies a total space of 5,050,000 m². This South Korean plant is spread over 1,225 acres of land. It has five distinct production plants and is able to produce a car every 12 seconds. That’s equivalent to an impressive 1.53 million units annually.
1. Volkswagen Wolfsburg Plant
Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg plant has produced over 40 million cars over the years. It is the largest auto plant in the world, covering a whooping 6,500,000 m². This imposing factory is so huge that floor workers are allowed to use bicycles to make their way around. What’s more fascinating about this factory is that the employees can be working on more than five different cars at a time without compromising on efficiency or quality.