Milling & Baking News -- July 3, 2018 - 30
Bühler opens new manufacturing
and R.&D. center in China
CHANGZOU, CHINA - Bühler officially
opened its Asia-Pacific manufacturing
and research and development center in
Changzou, China, on April 26, a ceremony
that included customers and stakeholders
representing 32 nations from six continents.
The ceremony was kicked off by Liping
Shao, general manager of Bühler Changzhou, who told the audience that "the
factory covers an area of 26.6 hectares.
The 140,000-square-meter workshop will
be Bühler's center for feed, pet food, animal nutrition equipment and the manufacturing process."
The ceremony was part of a three-day
program that started with a networking
day and ended with visits to three livestock,
aquaculture and premix plants in the region.
The facility includes a comprehensive
animal nutrition R.&D. application center that covers nearly 56,000 square feet
spread over four floors. It is operated by
around 15 Bühler employees operating
two pilot plants. One plant is devoted
to the development of feed production
processing technologies, and the other
is focused on grain logistic applications.
These pilot plants will facilitate basic
technology research and development as
well as collaboration with customers for
customized solutions. In addition, the
R.&D. application center will serve as a
major animal nutrition training center for
customers and Bühler employees.
"The combined offerings make this
new facility a globally recognized competence center in animal nutrition and
grain logistics," said Johannes Wick, chief
executive officer of the Grains & Food
business at Bühler.
The green field facility is the latest addition to Bühler's global supply chain
and service network.
"Twelve years ago in February 2006,
we started our journey to success here
in Liyang when we created Bühler
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Changzhou," Stefan Schieber, chief executive officer of Bühler, told the audience.
"This investment has been fruitful as today China is a significant growth market
for Bühler. By following the old principle
that to cross a river you need to step from
stone to stone, we were able to outgrow the
market in China and in Asia consistently
every year and become the No. 1 supplier
in China and in Asia for the feed industry."
Today, Bühler employs more than 3,000
people in China with multiple production
sites located in Wuxi, Changzhou, Hefei,
Beijing, Shenzhen, Xian, and Guangzhou.
It was apparent during the ceremony
and three-day event that Bühler has positioned itself as a well-established player
with significant market share in the Chinese and Asia Pacific region. The company generates over one-quarter of its
turnover in the region.
The event included comments by Bühler customers, including Tian Li, senior
vice-president of the Haid Group.
"Haid will continue to work with Bühler on new construction projects both at
home and abroad," Mr. Li said. "We put
faith in Bühler's manufacturing philosophy of always striving for perfection and
its longstanding brand culture. With this
R.&D. and manufacturing center, we expect to see continued growth and innovation from Bühler. I believe Bühler Changzhou will serve as a leading player to push
forward industry equipment upgrading."
Following the pouring of gold dust to
spell out the facility's name, the attendees
visited the new manufacturing facility and
its animal nutrition R.&D. application center as well as a large exhibition of products.
"This was an impressive event with
hands-on industrial insights into the feed
industry in China and the capabilities
Bühler can deliver," said KC Ong, country
director of the Gold Coin China Group.
"Bühler Changzhou is a great partner in
The Changzou, China, facility includes a comprehensive animal nutrition research and development application center that covers nearly 56,000 square feet spread over four floors.
supplying equipment and engineering
services for us. The facility produces highquality equipment according to Bühler's
worldwide standards. Supported by competent local teams with great services and
innovative ideas, Bühler Changzhou has
created great value to Gold Coin and the
feed industry as whole."
Throughout the event, Bühler leadership asserted that Asia is a key part of its
"This region has seen tremendous
growth in the past years, and we are
confident we will see further growth,"
said Dieter Voegtli, president of sales
and services at Bühler. "Also, our strong
manufacturing base in China will further
expand Bühler's global supply chain,
which is why we have established this
brand-new manufacturing facility."
Shao Liping explained that the facility
is not only equipped with the most advanced Bühler machines but is operated
with the most modern production management systems.
"To better meet the global feed industry's need, which is becoming more efficient, ecofriendly and safer, and to meet
the Bühler Group's long-term strategic
goals in the feed industry, we have built
this smart and eco-friendly factory to provide better service to our customers all
over the world," Mr. Liping said.
The day before the grand opening, Bühler hosted the "Feed the Future" Networking Day. With a strong Chinese and international contingent in attendance, the event
afforded participants the opportunity to
make new connections and discuss professional experiences and challenges. MBN
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