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Huber + Suhner has opened its new state-of-the-art facility in Changzhou, East China. The opening of this facility enables the company to manufacture products from all three core technologies – radio frequency, fiber optics and low frequency – in China. This is an important milestone for Huber + Suhner as to date copper cables were manufactured in Switzerland only. The highly specialised compounds for cable insulation, which are a key know how component, will continue to be produced exclusively in Pfäffikon.
At CHF 60 million this is the single biggest investment in the company’s history. The new 30,000 m2factory, will allow Asian customers to receive a broader range of locally produced Huber + Suhner solutions at the accustomed high level of quality. Furthermore, the shorter transportation and improved logistics will enable an even better and faster service.
Visiting Changzhou for the opening of the new facility, Huber + Suhner CEO Urs Kaufmann explained: “At Huber + Suhner, our mission is to deliver ‘excellence in connectivity solutions’. We are delighted to be opening this new facility in Changzhou as this state-of-the-art manufacturing plant will be the basis for making this mission a reality also in China. As our first wire and cable factory outside of Switzerland this step reflects our commitment to environmentally beneficial and sustainable global manufacturing. Huber + Suhner products and services will support China’s needs for infrastructure for instance in high speed trains, telecommunications, electric and hybrid vehicles as well as other high tech niches.”
Currently, copper cables, fiber optic cable systems and solar junction boxes are being produced in the Changzhou facility. It has been designed for phased expansion during the next 10 years to support local customer needs. This will include expanded R&D capabilities continuing a tradition of close to 150 years of innovation by Huber + Suhner.