On Saturday, 3 September 2005, Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. hosted opening festivities for the ‘Atelier’, its new plant dedicated to production of the new Bugatti. At the same time, the company’s headquarters, the Château St. Jean, along with the neighbouring buildings, were officially opened for their intended purpose.
In opening remarks before numerous guests from politics, industry, the media and Bugatti clientele, Dr Thomas Bscher, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S., paid tribute to Bugatti, stating:
“Bugatti in Molsheim is more than just a company headquarters or simply another automobile production facility in Alsace. Today, on this special day, what Bugatti in Molsheim means is the realisation of a vision, the renaissance of the legendary Bugatti brand. But Bugatti in Molsheim is even more than that. Bugatti is Molsheim – or, if you wish, Molsheim is Bugatti. This is where, in 1909, Ettore Bugatti established his company, and where, in 1910, he produced the first automobile bearing his name. And it is on this very spot – and this is a source of great pleasure to me – that his legacy and his philosophy shall live on. We are proud to bring back the Bugatti tradition right here in Molsheim, and we are convinced that we shall be able to continue this tradition in the same sense in which it was intended by its founder.”