Knorr-Bremse is enlarging its Dalian plant in China through a new investment designed to meet booming demand.

Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicle Systems (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, Knorr-Bremse Braking Systems for Commercial Vehicles (Dalian) Co., Ltd, Knorr-Bremse AG, and Jinpu New District government recently held a joint online signing ceremony for a new investment at a 40,000 m² site in Jinpu New District, where a plant with a built-over area of 23,000 m² will replace the existing factories. The aim is to expand manufacturing capabilities that can be integrated with research & development and testing, in a move that is also designed to strengthen cooperation with Dalian government.

An online signing ceremony was recently staged in Dalian, Shanghai and Munich to mark this milestone in Knorr-Bremse’s drive to match with the fast pace of market growth in China. The signing ceremony was attended by Mr. Pengyu Li, Member of CPC Dalian Municipal Standing Committee, Secretary of the Party Working Committee and director of the Management Committee of Dalian Jinpu New Area (DJNA), and presided over by Mr. Dong Zhao, Member of DJNA CPC Working Committee. Groundbreaking is scheduled for June 2021, with completion slated for June 2022 and start of production for the following December. The first phase includes a built-over area of up to 23,000 m² on a 40,000 m² site. At the same time, the local government has also reserved 25,000 m² for the future expansion of the company.

Following start of production at the end of 2022, the new plant will integrate manufacturing, research & development and testing in one location and create 300 new jobs. These further steps continue the company’s in-depth cooperation with the Dalian government. This dates back to 2004 when Hasse & Wrede CVS Dalian, China Ltd., the first joint venture between Knorr-Bremse and Dalian Innovation Parts Manufacturing Company, was founded.

Next important step to open up more opportunities for Knorr-Bremse in China

Through a synchronized video link, Mr. Pengyu Li expressed his congratulations and appreciation to Knorr-Bremse and the Dalian plant for the achievements recorded over the years, as well as for their contributions to the development of DJNA. “The signing ceremony for the investment agreement for Knorr-Bremse’s new plant in Dalian signals that cooperation between DJNA and Knorr-Bremse has entered a new stage,” he said.

“Knorr-Bremse is investing significantly in its manufacturing capabilities and skills in order to develop world-leading technologies for the future,” said Dr. Peter Laier, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse AG and responsible for the Commercial Vehicle Systems division. “In close cooperation with our local and other business partners, we are confident that we will be able to expand production, thereby continuing to develop products and solutions more closely adapted to the specific requirements of the Chinese market. This is a very important step to open up more opportunities for Knorr-Bremse to expand in China in the future,” Dr. Laier added.

“We are proud that the Dalian plant has continued its excellent performance throughout recent years. It accounts for half of our commercial vehicle business in China. In view of the importance and rapid development of the Dalian plant, we will further expand production of braking and steering systems and continue to deliver leading-edge technology to our Chinese customers. And we also look forward to partnering with the new area government in the field of rail business,” said Baoping Xu, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Knorr-Bremse Asia Pacific (Holding) Ltd.