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EBM-Papst opens new Chinese HQ

CHINA: German fans and motors manufacturer EBM-Papst has established a new 33,000m² local headquarters in China, bringing together the company’s previous four locations in Shanghai.

Previously, in addition to a headquarters with its administrative departments, there was a separate production plant and two external warehouses. In the new local headquarters ONE Shanghai, all locations are combined under one roof.

The move is in line with EBM-Papst Group’s vision of implementing a local strategy to best respond to customer needs and local market requirements as well as to establish independent supply chains. 

The new building was custom-built by the Shanghai Jingiao Group and consists of a logistics centre and a four-storey building for production, research and development laboratories, offices, and a canteen. Around 900 employees work at ONE Shanghai.

The move to the new headquarters was carried out in stages to minimise the impact on production.

“We think globally and act locally – this is how we are continuously expanding our sites in the Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe regions and focusing on local markets,” said CEO Dr Klaus Geißdörfer.

“In the Asia-Pacific region, we are currently investing in Singapore as well as China and further expanding our production capacities in India. Our ‘local for local’ strategy has three clear advantages for us: customer proximity, independence in the supply chain and the reduction of emissions.”

EBM-Papst has been represented in China since 1996 and currently employs around 1,900 people at locations across China including Shanghai, Qingdao, Xi’an, Beijing and Hong Kong. There are also plans to expand the production area at the Xi’an site.

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