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December 19, 2018

Brose expands manufacturing in China

Brose has opened a new plant in Taicang, China.

By Olly Wehring

Brose has opened a new plant in Taicang, China.

Primarily for the Chinese market, the family-owned company manufactures products from its entire range, including door systems, seat structures and motors there.

What began in 2015 with a small operation in rented production halls in Taicang will grow to a total area of 73,000 square metres with the completion of the second construction phase at the end of 2019. Brose Taicang will then be the largest production facility of the mechatronics specialist in Asia. To this end, the family-owned company is investing around EUR180m.   "The new location in Taicang will be one of the Brose Group's most important plants," said Thomas Spangler, chief technology officer.

"With digitised processes and the latest manufacturing methods, we are significantly increasing our manufacturing competence in Asia."

For example, a modern production control system has been installed. It analyses data from production and controls the entire manufacturing process, which increases product quality and minimises scrap.

"The development in Taicang from a rental hall to one of our global lead plants is an example of the positive business development of the Brose Group in China and of our systematic implementation of modern production systems," Spangler said.

The company will employ 1,600 people at the site by 2024.

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