Since opening in 2012, the GROB plant in Dalian has undergone constant expansion in order to satisfy the enormous dynamic market growth. It had already been successfully expanded two years after foundation, increasing the size of the plant from 12,000 to 27,000 square meters. The last possible expansion of the production space on the existing property to 32,400 square meters was completed in 2019. Two years later, the question of how to meet this challenge was raised again due to the growing need for additional capacities, and in particular due to the increased spatial requirements for new e-mobility projects.
New Plant Investments
The solution for the need for increased floor space was found but a few hundred meters away in the vicinity of the existing plant. Here, on October 25, exactly ten years after construction of the first GROB plant in China began, the foundation was laid for the new GROB plant II on a 35,000 square meter plot. After completion, assembly of system machines and turnkey manufacturing lines, as well as the production of 4- and 5-axis universal machining centers will commence in the new hall within its effective area of 25,000 square meters.
Optimized Production Processes in Two Plants
After GROB plant II in Dalian is built, GROB China will significantly increase capacities for its state-of-the-art high-end machining centers and assembly lines for stators, rotors and battery modules in the next two years, creating up to 300 new jobs with this. Further local development and construction is also planned, as well as the push to train young personnel in the next one to two years. "Last year, to satisfy the need to shift drive technologies from combustion engines to electric motors, but also to provide the latest technologies for our customers locally, we decided to construct a new plant," said Marcus Ostler, CEO of GROB China. "I am positive that this investment and the expansion of our product portfolio will secure our base of operations in China for decades to come."