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28.10.2017

Groundbreaking ceremony for new production plant in Taicang – CHIRON Group on expansion course in China

New perspectives: Model of the planned CHIRON Group plant in Taicang with a total area of 36,000 square meters.

Successful future: Dr. Ing. Achim Degner (left), CFO CHIRON Group, and Ren Jiaping, CEO CHIRON China, at the ceremony for laying the foundation stone.

German tradition: Together with the government officials of Taicang province, a capsule with contemporary utensils is laid in the "foundation stone".

Deep insights: Dr. Achim Degner, CFO CHIRON Group, gives Chinese journalists comprehensive information on the CHIRON Group.

Looking to the future: Ren Jiaping, CEO of CHIRON China, speaks in front of around 30 journalists about CHIRON's China strategy.

Taicang. With the groundbreaking ceremony for its new plant in Taicang, the CHIRON Group is emphasising its commitment to China, relying on an expanded, localized machine program and the growth of service capacity. "China is an important growth market for us. We see great potential here, especially in the automotive and medical technology sectors, but also in the aviation industry. In this respect, the new plant is a significant investment in the future," says Dr. Markus Flik, CEO of the CHIRON Group.

Market analyses show that car sales in China will continue to rise until 2025. In addition, China will be the market with the largest number of battery-powered vehicles, creating sales opportunities for the machine tools that produce these drive train systems. Overall, this results in good sales opportunities for the companies of the CHIRON Group with their excellent positioning in the automotive industry.

China is also an important market due to demographic trends. The need for surgical instruments and implants is growing rapidly – and thus also the need for machine tools on which they can be produced. "Customers in the medical sector place particularly high demands on the productivity and quality of the manufactured parts that our high-precision machines meet perfectly," says Dr. Achim Degner, CFO of the CHIRON Group, during the press conference.

By 2019, CHIRON will have invested considerably more than € 10 million in the new plant, which will be built on a 36,000 square-meter site. The construction will be carried out in two phases. The first phase includes the new building of around 14,000 square meters, with 190 employees responsible for the planned increase in production and business expansion. In the second phase, the projected total size can be realized if required. "In China, the demand for machines and services from CHIRON, STAMA and SCHERER has developed so positively that we have reached our capacity limits. The new plant gives us the opportunity to continuously expand our portfolio and services for the Chinese market, for example with our TURNKEY solutions," explains Ren Jiaping, CEO of CHIRON China.

TURNKEY is the name for customized, turnkey and cost-effective CNC machining solutions. The CHIRON Group companies plan the entire manufacturing process and show how components can be produced faster, more efficiently and more cost-effectively based on customer requirements.

In China too, the CHIRON Group goes beyond merely providing high-quality CNC machine tools by offering manufacturing companies advice, training and support. The new plant in Taicang will make a decisive contribution to implementing this corporate strategy on a larger scale in China.

About the CHIRON Group

The CHIRON Group, headquartered in Tuttlingen, is a global company specializing in CNC vertical milling and turning machining centers, as well as turnkey manufacturing solutions. The Group has a global presence, with production and development sites, sales and service subsidiaries, and sales agencies worldwide. With a workforce of 2100 employees, the Group generated €466 million in revenue in 2017. Around two thirds of machines and solutions that are sold are exported. Key customer sectors are the automotive, mechanical engineering, medicine and precision engineering, and aerospace industries.

The CHIRON Group is proprietor of the three brands CHIRON, STAMA and SCHERER, associated with new machines, as well as the retrofit brand CMS. The key feature of all the brands is precise, productive and flexible machining. CHIRON has a reputation for optimum dynamics. STAMA focuses on stability. SCHERER is based on multi-functional vertical turning machining. CMS provides completely overhauled machines from the Group, including related services.

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