Global provider of data center infrastructure Vertiv, has just announced the opening of a new factory in Rugvica, Croatia to support its integrated modular data center solutions (IMS) business in EMEA.

With plans to more than double its production capacity of prefabricated modular data centers for EMEA, the company is investing €10 million (approximately 12 million USD) in its new factory, expecting the site to offer about 130% more indoor space and 60% more outdoor space in comparison to the company’s previous factory.

Prefabricated modular data centers come in many different forms with varying use cases, including IT and facility-specific designs as well as all-in-one modules with integrated IT, power, and cooling infrastructure, which are commonly used in education, industrial, and healthcare applications as well as remote and harsh environments.

“We hear a lot about IT trends and the upcoming advances in technologies such as of 5G, IoT, and AI, but less about the innovative physical infrastructure that’s behind it,” said Giordano Albertazzi, president for Vertiv in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

“We are seeing strong growth in the adoption of prefabricated modular solutions to support these new technologies, and as market leaders we are investing both in capacity and innovation to continue to meet our customers’ needs and stay ahead of the curve. This new site ultimately means supporting the plans and enabling the success of our EMEA and global customers, and is reflective of our continued investment in the markets in which we operate.”

According to the company, the new factory also includes a number of innovations for the construction of prefabricated modular data centers modules as well as thermal management air handling units.

“The Rugvica factory boasts of all the latest technologies, production processes, tools and testing labs,” says Viktor Petik, VP for Vertiv’s IMS business in EMEA.

“The facility is designed to provide a complete range of prefabricated modular solutions, from cable landing stations powering the internet and connecting geographies, to bespoke data center building blocks. The new factory testifies our commitment towards innovation and growth, and I am proud to say that we’ve created about 150 jobs in the last year, many being engineering or skilled professionals from this region.”

As planned by Vertiv, the new factory can easily be expanded to meet future demands of a growing prefabricated modular data centers (PFM) market.