WEG is investing in a new Drives and Controls factory in Changzhou (district of Jintan) Jiangsu Province, China. With operations to be expected for the second half of 2019, the factory will have 14,500 square meters of facilities. The first phase of production will include low voltage frequency inverters, mini-circuit breakers and residual-current devices.
“This will be WEG's 4th factory in China, but it is the company's first factory dedicated to industrial automation,” says Manfred Peter Johann, Managing Director of WEG Automation Division. “In addition to improving competitiveness and expanding our product portfolio in the country, this investment is part of the process to accelerate the internationalization of our Automation business and strengthening WEG's presence in one of the world's largest electrical equipment markets,” he explains.
The new facility will be in the city of Changzhou, where the Company has two other manufacturing plants for electric motors and related components.
WEG began its activities in China in 2004 with the acquisition of Nantong Factory, which produces low and high voltage three phase electric motors. In 2014, the company expanded its presence in the country with the acquisition of the electric motor manufacturer for washers and dryers Changzhou Sinya Electromotor Co. Ltd (“SINYA Group”) and the component manufacturer Changzhou Machine Master Co. Ltd. (“Group CMM ”), both located in Changzhou.
In 2015 WEG began the construction of a new manufacturing facility for the production of low-voltage motors in the city of Rugao, technological and industrial development zone (ZTDE), 65km away from Nantong and 180km from Shanghai. Altogether the WEG employs 2242 people in China.