SHENYANG, Liaoning – Global plastics specialist Röchling opened a new production site in Shenyang, Liaoning Province on September 27.
This is the fifth production site Röchling has opened in Asia and will primarily produce wheel arch liners, underfloor panels, active grille shutter systems, air filters and controllable air guides for the Tiexi plant of BMW Brilliance Automotive (BBA) nearby. These parts will be produced using 11 injection-molding machines with a clamping force of 700 to 2,400 tons.
Construction work in Shenyang began in mid-2015 and was completed in June 2016. Röchling has erected a roughly 16,000 square meter plant on a plot of land of nearly 30,000 square meters. Production halls account for 7,400 square meters, logistics halls 4,700, offices 2,500 and auxiliary buildings 1,100. A total of 81 employees currently work at the site.
In addition to the proximity to BBA, the location was chosen because of the city’s investor-friendly conditions and the good understanding with the lessor of the land, the Australian real estate company Goodman. Besides BBA, the direct vicinity of the new site is also home to SAIC-GM’s Shenyang plant and more than 500 supply firms.
“China is a key market for Röchling and remains a focal point for our investments,” said Erwin Doll, CEO of Röchling Automotive. The newest plant in China is part of the company’s internationalization strategy, he continued. The Röchling Group is present everywhere in the world where new markets with a good environment arise, primarily following its customers. “The closer we are to them, the better we can meet their requirements,” said Doll. A total of €3 million was invested in Shenyang.
Röchling started producing plastic components for BBA in January 2017. The company is developing quickly and stably on the Chinese market. “Our existing plant in Changchun could no longer comprehensively meet the rising demand from BBA. With our new plant in the direct vicinity of BBA, we are considerably increasing our capacity and optimizing our service for BBA,” said Gerhard Neidinger, executive vice president Asia Automotive Division.
In recent years, Röchling Automotive has taken up a very good position in the growth region of Asia and has grown strongly. The first plant was opened in Changchun in 2006, followed by further production sites in Chengdu, Kunshan and a joint venture in Osaka, Japan.