CHINA, Shanghai. Equipment provider Multivac is to open a new production facility in Taicang, China, to grow its presence in the country.
The site, run by Multivac China, is expected to begin production at the end of 2019 and is set to create 100 jobs over the next three years. The new site will include a production hall and office area of around 4,300m2. The facility will manufacture thermoforming packaging machines, tray-sealers, chamber machines, peripheral components and spare parts for the Chinese market.
A R&D department will be set up on the site, so that Multivac will be able to "react in a more targeted way to the development needs of regional customers".
"China is a significant market for us,"said Guido Spix, director and group COO/CTO. "This makes the establishment of a local production facility a logical step for us and a further stage in expanding our global production and sales network. Our objective is to achieve shorter delivery times for our customers and to be able to respond even more rapidly to the needs of local customers."
CEO of the new company Steven Shen said: 'We are very pleased, that the Multivac Group has chosen China as the place to expand its production capacity. This means we can support our customers even better. Employing highly qualified personnel, we will produce a range of machines on this site, in various output categories and for different functions within the packaging process, all of them produced to the Multivac quality standard."
Multivac China was founded in 2008 and now has around 80 employees. The main office is located in Shanghai, and there are subsidiaries in Beijing, Wuhan, Hong Kong and Taiwan. A state-of-the-art Training and Application Center has been set up in Shanghai, with another in Beijing, which specialises in meat processing.