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Martin Engineering growing in China

US-based conveyor technology developer Martin Engineering has announced a new, larger facility in the Jiangsu Province of China as part of an effort to increase capabilities for developing region-specific products and potentially grow its business to other parts of Asia.

Donna Schmidt
Martin Engineering growing in China

The company has finalized plans for the 10,000 square meter (107,600 square foot) office in Kunshan, a building eight times larger than its current location.

The facility will include 8000sq.m (approximately 86,100sq.ft) of manufacturing and warehouse space and 2000sq.m (about 21,500sq.ft) of office space.

At completion, the 16,000sq.m property (1.6 hectares, or about four acres) will house production for a variety of systems and products including belt cleaners, impact cradles, skirtboard seal systems, air cannons and industrial vibration.

The facility is scheduled to open in late 2011. It will be constructed in two phases, with approximately 50% of the manufacturing and warehouse portions to be completed in each stage.

“[It] will allow us to greatly expand operations, improving our supply and service to the Asian region,” Martin Engineering China managing director Eric Zheng said.

“The enhanced manufacturing capabilities will allow us to do an even better job engineering customized solutions for bulk material handlers.”

Zheng added the company is seeking to expand into other industries including ports and steel production.

Martin’s new facility will feature a large production area that will allow for operations such as laser cutting, metal fabrication, painting, assembly and testing.

The company’s existing facility, also in Kunshan, opened in 2005. Operations quickly outgrew the 1200sq.m (about 12,900sq.ft) of leased space.

“The new facility will give Martin Engineering China greater capabilities for developing products specifically for the regional market, and could eventually give the company the ability to serve Asian customers outside China,” Zheng said.

“This … extremely functional building … will help strengthen our organization and facilitate future business development.”

Based in Illinois, Martin Engineering also has operations in Brazil, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Turkey, India and the UK.

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