CHINA. To mark the 10th anniversary of its Chinese subsidiary, the automation expert is further extending its activities.
In October, the company’s management team together with 200 guests celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for a new production and development location in Hangzhou. Erhardt+Leimer has been present in Asia for over 30 years as one of the largest global suppliers for automation, control and inspection technology.
The growing importance of the Chinese market led to the foundation of E+L China in 2003. Ten years later E+L China is an extremely good position with 130 employees in its main branch and six further locations, spread out across the entire country, and makes a significant contribution to the success of the Erhardt+Leimer Group in Asia. The Asian market is now the most important global market for many sectors.
This is also true for Erhardt+Leimer. The proportion of turnover earned in Asia has been increasing steadily over the last few years. It won’t be long before 50% of their global turnover is earned there. According to Hannelore Leimer, Chairwoman of the Erhardt+Leimer Group Management Board, the new plant in Hangzhou is also a »milestone in the 95- year history of Erhardt+Leimer«.
Several millions of Euros will be spent to purchase the land and build the new plant. The result will be a state-of-the-art, efficient unit on the 3-hectare (322,917 sqft) site, where not only sales and service but also development and production of components for the Chinese market will take place. Following this, those responsible at E+L want to extend the product range to Chinese machine manufacturers in the middle range price bracket and also establish themselves as reliable and efficient partners here.
The employees are an important factor determining whether this target will be reached. Dr Michael Proell er, Managing Director of E+L, made this particularly clear in his speech honouring the 10-year anniversary. The majority of the 130 employees have been working for the company for many years and have made a great contribution to the success of E+L China.
The selection of the new location is one example of how important the employees are to the company; it is not very far from the previous branch in Hangzhou so that almost nothing will change for the employees. Furthermore, Hangzhou is a location with good educational facilities.
However, Erhardt+Leimer also wants to independently provide qualifications for its employees: at the Chinese subsidiary, a dual vocational training program will be established according to the German model in order that the company will be equipped with well-trained young employees for the future.