Schaeffler is investing in a new production site in Xiangtan6. March 2018
The Schaeffler Group is planning to build a new production site consisting of two factories in Xiangtan, Hunan province, central China where components for customers in south and southwest China are to be produced. The German supplier will start production in the first factory at the end of 2018, but did not specify a precise date for the opening of the second factory, which includes a logistics and training center. Schaeffler currently operates 8 factories in China, most of them in the east of the country, producing parts for engines and transmissions, body parts as well as ball bearings for car manufacturers and other industries.
The construction of the new production site is the answer from Schaeffler to future developments and requirements in the Chinese and international markets. Under the future-oriented concept “Factory for tomorrow”, the buildings are arranged in the shape of a butterfly. The design and arrangement of the buildings allows close cooperation between the actual production area and other important departments, e.g. sales, purchasing and human resources, which are also located there.
The production area is modular, meaning that new production lines can be easily added or replaced. This will enable Schaeffler to respond even more flexibly to new trends and bring new products to the market. At the opening ceremony, CEO Oliver Jung named the keywords electromobility, Industry 4.0 and digitalization for the operation of the new production site, where mainly parts and assemblies for engines and transmissions as well as body parts for the automotive industry are produced.
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