Georg Fischer opens new plant in Changzhou

Georg Fischer continues to expand at a fast pace in the Chinese market: GF AgieCharmilles, a Corporate Group of Georg Fischer, today inaugurated a new production site in Changzhou. Georg Fischer invested about RMB 80 million (11 million Swiss francs) to build the new facility.

China is today the world’s leading market for machine tools, and GF AgieCharmilles – a Corporate Group of Georg Fischer Ltd. – is expanding its presence accordingly. Manufacturers of precision parts use the milling machines of this Swiss Corporate Group for production in aeronautics, tool- and mold-making and electronic devices.

Capacity of 1,000 milling machines a year

The new facility in Changzhou covers a production area of 8,000 square meters and is dedicated to the manufacture of milling machines for China and the export markets. It has a capacity of 1,000 machines per year. Changzhou, located around 200 km west of Shanghai, has good transport connections and boasts a long tradition in mechanical engineering. "The inauguration of the new plant shows our strong commitment as well as our strong confidence in the future development of the Chinese market,” explained Yves Serra, CEO of Georg Fischer Ltd., at the opening ceremony in Changzhou attended by some 250 customers and high-ranking guests from the world of politics and business.

In-house research & development lab

The new production site in Changzhou is equipped with a demo center and a research and development laboratory in order to keep pace with the changing needs of its Chinese customers. Georg Fischer also attaches great importance to the training of the local staff, which is reflected in the training center integrated into the facility. "With our international research and development network and regular training for our employees, we can ensure the transfer of knowledge and technology, and hence of Swiss quality too," says Jean-Pierre Wilmes, Head of GF AgieCharmilles.

Production started over 30 years ago

A globally active company with its own organizational structure, GF AgieCharmilles is present at 50 locations worldwide. It has been selling its products in China for over 30 years. The production started first in Beijing and now in Changzhou. Beside this two production plants, GF AgieChar-milles has sales offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Georg Fischer in China

Georg Fischer has been present in China since 1993. Today the group has more than 20 companies throughout China including 14 production companies. It employs around 2,400 people in the country. Annual sales reached the equivalent of around 500 million Swiss francs in 2010.

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