Schuler expands facility in China

    Ground-breaking ceremony for factory extension in Dalian / capacities tripled to 16,000 square meters

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    The world’s largest press manufacturer, Schuler, is to expand its facility in Dalian, a seaport in the north-west of China. At the ground-breaking ceremony for the factory extension, it was announced that the current floor space of 5,000 square meters would be tripled to around 16,000 square meters. The ceremony was also attended by high-ranking government representatives and - in keeping with Chinese traditions – was rounded off with a magnificent firework display.

    The new factory will be built according to the latest technical standards. Dalian is located at the heart of China’s heavy engineering industry and boasts ideal logistical connections to the heavy goods harbor. Perfect conditions for us to serve our customers in China,” explained CEO Stefan Klebert.

    New factory ready in 2013

    Construction on the factory extension is scheduled to be completed in just nine months and assembly work can already begin in February 2013. Around 60 percent of the total 11,000 square meters of new space will be used for assembling presses and 40 percent for machining parts.

    Schuler is investing approximately € 16 million in the expansion of its Chinese facility. The number of employees will triple from 70 at present to around 200. This will make Dalian Schuler’s main production site in China. In the past fiscal year, the Schuler Group generated around one third of its total sales of almost € 1 billion in the People’s Republic. The Group has been represented there by its own facilities since the mid-1990s. In addition to Dalian, there are now also sites in Beijing, Shanghai, Jinan and Tianjin.

    Apart from its expansion in Dalian, Schuler is also setting up and developing further functions in Shanghai – such as engineering and strategic procurement for the local sourcing of parts and components. New service offices are also planed for Chengdu, Guangzhou, Changchun and Wuhan. This will take Schuler’s headcount in China to over 300.