Endress+Hauser is manufacturing more and more flowmeters in Suzhou, China, with the principal growth drivers being water and wastewater industry. Endress+Hauser Flowtec, global leader in flow measurement technology, has reacted by enlarging its plant in the east of the People s Republic.
The extension work was recently completed after getting underway in March 2012. "With respect to production logistics, the new building allows us to respond even more quickly and flexibly to our customers demands," says Gerhard Jost, Managing Director of Endress+Hauser Flowtec. An extra 3,600 square meters – increasing the total floor space to 18,000 square meters – is earmarked mainly for the production of measuring tubes as main components of magnetic flowmeters.
Water, the growth driver
Klaus Endress, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group, sees the new expansion as part of a sustained growth strategy: "We develop our production sites around the globe to be close to our customers wherever they are in the world." The expansion in Suzhou is designed to meet the growing demands of the Chinese market.
One of the most important targets adopted in China s 2010 five-year plan was the nationwide upgrading of the water infrastructure. "This gives us the unique chance to get established in this growth market with high quality measuring instruments," explains Managing Director Gerhard Jost. "Whether in water treatment, sewage plants or water distribution, the exact measurement of water flows is a critical factor in process control."
In the presence of Klaus Endress and Gerhard Jost, the extension in Suzhou was formally inaugurated on 8 August 2013. Among the guests of honor were many representatives from politics and business: Kilian Widmer, Head of the Swiss Business Hub in Shanghai; Andreas Luchsinger, President of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai; high-ranking representatives of the state quality authority from Central Beijing, from Jiangsu Province and the City of Suzhou. Other guests of honor came as representatives of the local city authority, the China-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) and customers and suppliers from the Suzhou region.
Picture: Endress+Hauser has been operating from its production facility in China s Suzhou since 2003, making high-quality flowmeters for, among others, the water and wastewater industry. (Image: Endress+Hauser)