Project will see the German filling and packaging systems manufacturer operate a site in Kunshan
KHS, the German manufacturers of filling and packaging systems, has held a groundbreaking ceremony in Kunshan as part of its plan to build a new plant and service centre in China.
Kunshan is a county-level city in southeastern Jiangsu province with Shanghai bordering its eastern border and Suzhou on its western boundary.
KHS has been serving the Chinese beverage industry since 1904. In 2008, the company entered the China market with its first representative office in Beijing.
Following the opening of its headquarters in Shanghai in 2014, KHS now intends to build a new plant and service centre in Kunshan, enabling the company to respond more quickly to the local market.
KHS said the company is investing nearly €10m in the project for almost 10.000 sq m of factory space dedicated to engineering, production, logistics and service.
The broad-scale plant will also help KHS expand its business within Asia as a whole. A continuous win-win situation can be expected for both sides involved. “Kunshan is an attractive city for the beverage industry with skilled workers, well-developed infrastructure and widespread logistics networks for this kind of project,” said CFO Martin Resch.
“We are now able to produce a larger product portfolio including single blow moulders, fillers, and labellers as well as in various block versions, increasing the expertise in handling entire line projects,” he explained, adding: “With our product range, KHS maintains its position as one of the global market leaders and a pioneer of filling and packaging technology. This also says a great deal about the innovative strength of the team in China.”
Innovative German technology, efficient local manufacturing
Commenting on the project, Managing Director Thomas Karell said: “Our goal is to improve the production efficiency of our customers throughout the entire life cycle of their engineering, providing state-of-the-art technology and services,” stated Karell. “The new plant in Kunshan establishes an important local basis to meet this goal, focused on our Chinese customers.”
Based on more than 150 years of experience and a constant focus on core expertise, KHS is able to help customers achieve long-term social and ecological responsibility goals.
Willian Wu, KHS China CEO, commented: “We will combine economic success with socially and ecologically responsible behaviour. Along with top technical performance, maximum sustainability is particularly close to our hearts.” He also indicated that KHS China is respected not only for its highly efficient products and systems, but also for its round-the-clock, local and on-site service which extends far beyond the commissioning of systems.
“KHS China now assumes technological and environmental leadership with solid and innovative German technology for optimum products and solutions,” Wu concluded.