German machinery maker Arburg GmbH + Co KG has expanded its office in Shenzhen, China, making it the company's first competence center for automation in the country, and also named a new head of its China operations.
Zhao Tong, who managed Arburg's Shanghai operations since 2004, was named head of the company's Shenzhen and Hong Kong operations, consolidating management of its three offices in China, Lossburg, Germany-based Arburg said.
“The move has doubled the floor space to 13,500 square feet and marks the beginning of a new era for Arburg in China,” said Andrea Carta, overseas director, in a statement. “The two subsidiaries in Shanghai and Shenzhen will work more closely together than before and will share capacity and know how.”
It added a 2,100-square-foot demonstration room in Shenzhen with space to store machines made in Germany, and customize them to China.
In a bid last year to reduce delivery times, the company also expanded the size of its warehouse in Shanghai by 30 percent.
Unlike other large European, Japanese and North American injection molding machine makers, Arburg does not have any direct manufacturing in China. It is the only major Western injection press maker that does not manufacture outside its home country.
Company officials said at a media briefing at the Chinaplas show this year that they have no plans to manufacture in China.
Arburg said in an Oct. 23 news release that it has added 12 employees in China, giving it 53 there.