At the 1st of November 2011 the pump and valve manufacturer inaugurated a new factory for globe and gate valves in Changzhou, China.
The production halls as well as a logistics and storage centre which span an area of 45,000 square metres were constructed over a period of ten months.
In the factory of the newly founded KSB Valves (Changzhou) Co., Ltd., currently about 100 employees have been manufacturing valves for a variety of applications since October. “By opening this new production site we have reached another milestone on our way to expanding our activities in the local Chinese market as well as in valve business worldwide,” stated Dr. Peter Buthmann, representing the Board of Management at the opening ceremony in Changzhou.
The site is located in the Changzhou National Hi-Tech District, a rapidly growing industrial development zone in the Jiangsu province on China’s east coast. In terms of geography and infrastructure, the area is very attractive, with the result that over 9,000 companies are now resident there. “Our city is an important place of growth and a hotspot for foreign investments,” Han Jiuyun, deputy mayor of the city of Changzhou, said during the inauguration.
For KSB, China is one of the most important markets. Today, the manufacturer of pumps and valves has five production sites, seven sales offices, four agencies and two service centres in this country. More than 1,300 employees work for KSB in China.
Picture: Dr. Peter Buthmann at the plant s opening ceremony in Changzhou. (Foto: KSB)