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The new office building and new production hall were inaugurated in an opening ceremony with more than 500 guests.
The new office building and new production hall were inaugurated in an opening ceremony with more than 500 guests.
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In mid-September, Engel Austria's Chinese subsidiary Engel Machinery (Shanghai) celebrated the 10th anniversary of large-size machine production at the site after completing its second major expansion of the plant.

"We are very proud of what we, together with our employees, have achieved here," said Gero Willmeroth, Sales and Service President at Engel Machinery (Shanghai), who welcomed more than 500 guests to the celebration event.

With 50 employees, Engel Machinery (Shanghai) began building the large-size machines for the duo series in 2007. Today the subsidiary employs a workforce of around 450 – and rising. "By the end of the current fiscal year in March 2018, we will employ 500 people here," said Willmeroth.

He was particularly pleased that 24 of the initial employees were able to attend the anniversary celebrations. "For China, such a long period of employment with one company is still something special."

Before the gala dinner held in the new production hall, guests were invited on tours of the factory and a machine demonstration.

Engel Machinery (Shanghai) was established as the second of three production plants in Asia, with the aim to produce purely large-size machines because there are a lot of automotive suppliers in Eastern and Northern China.

Apart from automotive components, front frames and housing parts for TVs, drums for washing machines, boxes and pallets as well as large technical components such as fan propellers are produced in Asia on ENGEL duo injection molding machines.

"Although our original customer base mainly consisted of large international corporations and Western-orientated companies, more and more Asian plastics processors are now among our customers," said Dr. Stefan Engleder, CEO of the Group, during the celebrations.

"Asia – with China at the forefront – has developed from the extended workbench of the world to an extremely quality-orientated market with a huge domestic demand. We also notice this from the constant increase in demand for automated system solutions for increasingly sophisticated, highly integrated injection molding processes."

The first major expansion was carried out in Shanghai in 2012, which doubled the production capacity. The recently completed expansion includes two new building complexes. The existing office building was lengthened to create an additional 1,000sqm of office space.

A new production hall was also built, expanding large-size machine production by 1,600sqm. In addition, new offices and the training workshop are located in the new hall. It is significantly larger and more modern than the old one. The total investment was €7.5 million.

Engel started to train its next generations of skilled personnel in Shanghai four years ago. Forty-five young people are currently being trained in three technical vocations according to the Austrian model of dual professional training. In July of this year, all eight students of the first training course passed their examinations and were hired as permanent employees.

Of its global turnover of €1.36 billion euros in the 2016/2017 fiscal year, Engel generated 20% in Asia. 90% of this stemmed from local production in China and Korea.

"Asia remains one of the regions with the strongest growth," said Dr. Christoph Steger, CSO of the EngelL Group. This is due mainly to the very dynamic markets in Southeast Asia and China's strong demand for integrated and automated manufacturing solutions.

Engel milestones in Shanghai
2005 Founding of ENGEL Machinery (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
2007 Inauguration of the large-size machine plant and delivery of the first injection molding machine produced in Shanghai
2012 Doubling of production capacity
2014 Dual professional training program launched
2015 Establishment of a dedicated automation center for China
2016  Delivery of the 1,000th duo machine produced in Shanghai
2017  Introduction of business unit structure for Asia
2017 The first apprentices pass their exams and are hired in permanent employment
2017 Expansion in production capacity and enlargement of the office building
2017 Engel Machinery (Shanghai) celebrates its 10th anniversary

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