The ebm-papst Group has significantly increased its capacities in China. At the start of June, seven new halls were officially inaugurated and taken into service in Shanghai.
There are several reasons for the subsidiary's growth by around 18,000 square metre. "We are taking into account the growing importance of the Asian market and producing where our customers are", explains Thomas Wagner, Managing Director - Production and Materials Management of the ebm-papst Group. Last year, turnover in Asia had risen by over 50% compared with the previous year to 223 million Euro. Furthermore, the expansion also marks the entry into the growth market of the Asian automotive industry. "The focus of production in the new buildings is on drive motors, compact fans and GreenTech EC fans", stresses Wagner, whose areas of responsibility include the Chinese production sites.
To make further development of fans in the growth markets in close co-ordination with customers faster and more efficient, ebm-papst is also increasing its development activities on location. In coming months, plans call for some 30 engineers to be hired to expand the existing Chinese team of developers.
ebm-papst currently employs around 1,400 employees in China.
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