MAN Diesel & Turbo expands plant in China
Bundling of activities in the Power Engineering business in Changzhou
MAN has opened the second phase of construction at its plant in the Chinese city of Changzhou in a ceremony. Construction of the new buildings will double its hall size to a total of 20,000 m2. With this move, MAN intends to leverage potential in the growing market for turbomachinery. Bundling the activities at one site in China is intended to generate economies of scope. Changzhou is around 180 kilometers to the northwest of Shanghai.
Turbochargers for large-bore diesel engines are now to be manufactured in Changzhou alongside existing turbomachinery products. By moving production of turbochargers from Shanghai, MAN is leveraging more synergies from the merger of the two former sister companies MAN Diesel and MAN Turbo. MAN subsidiary Renk has also started to assemble slide bearings at the Changzhou site and is now able to supply Chinese customers from directly within the country. The number of employees is to increase from the current 250 to around 400, ensuring that Chinese customers receive products and services that are tailored to their needs from just one source.
Expansion of the plant is another step in implementation of the MAN Groupís BRIC strategy. The Power Engineering business area is now represented by six lines of business in Changzhou: oil & gas, process industry, systems automation, turbochargers, and the MAN PrimeServ aftersales service on the MAN Diesel & Turbo side, and Renkís activities on the other.
China is the market in which MAN Diesel & Turbo see its highest sales worldwide. The company generated more than ten percent of its revenue in the country in 2010. Almost all of its product range offers high sales potential in China, whether propulsion systems for the maritime industry, local and eco-friendly power plant solutions, or turbomachinery for industrial applications.
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