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EBM-Papst completes new Chinese headquarters

GERMANY/CHINA: German fans and motors manufacturer EBM-Papst is to begin the consolidation of its Shanghai activities to a new 33,000m² facility in the city.

The new building was custom built by the Shanghai Jingiao Group to meet the needs of the fan manufacturer. Known as ONE Shanghai, it will consist of a warehouse with dock levellers and a 4-storey building for production, research laboratories, office units and a canteen. It will accommodate around 900 employees.

Until now, EBM-Papst has worked from four locations in Shanghai. In addition to a headquarters in which the administration areas are housed, there is a separate production plant and two external warehouses. These will now all be located at ONE Shanghai. 

The move to the new headquarters will take place in phases over the coming months in order to keep the impact on the production of the energy-efficient fans as low as possible.

“The new location will enable EBM-Papst China to bring all employees together in an attractive working environment. In addition, the new location is conveniently located for public transport, the highway and Pudong Airport. All in all, we will significantly improve efficiency and cross-departmental communication in the future,” said Thomas Nürnberger, CEO Air Technology APAC and CSO of the EBM-Papst Group.

As part of its “local for local” strategy, the company is continuously expanding its locations and aligning them with the local market. It is also building up local value chains including material procurement.

In China, the company is also investing in the continuous expansion of its local development areas in order to be able to adapt products and new developments to regionally different market requirements. EBM-Papst China now employs around 70 engineers in its own research and development centre.

EBM-Papst has been represented in China since 1996 and currently employs around 1,900 people at locations in Shanghai, Qingdao, Xi’an, Beijing and Hong Kong.  Sales in China are currently €353m.

Due to the strict regulations of the Chinese government during the corona pandemic in 2022 and the associated closure of the city of Shanghai, the handover of the headquarters by the property developer to EBM-Papst was delayed. The grand opening of ONE Shanghai is expected to take place at the end of the year, once the relocations are complete.

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