Hirschmann Automation and Control and Ningbo Zettler Electronics of Yuyao, China, have founded a joint venture. The company, which has its headquarters in Yuyao, to the South of Shanghai, and carries the name Ningbo Hirschmann Electronics Co Ltd, will produce Hirschmann standard versions of different connector series in large quantities. Customised versions and special versions will still be manufactured at the Hirschmann sites in Hungary or Germany.
In view of increasing globalisation and growing pressure of competition, the Yuyao site will play an important role in further strengthening Hirschmann's position on the connector market. Reinhard Sitzmann, Chairman of Hirschmann Automation and Control, comments: "Our customers benefit from the relatively low costs for wages, tools and materials as much as we do. China as a production location is not a new adventure for us because we have been running a joint venture with the country's largest crane manufacturer for the last 12 years."
The joint venture company in Yuyao has a production area of 400m2 and employs 20 people. By the middle of 2007 the number of employees should have risen to 150 and the production area extended to 1600m2. In addition, Hirschmann will be reinforcing the sales of connectors in the Far East by intensifying co-operation with local partners and ensuring a greater market presence by setting up and expanding sales teams in China, Singapore and Japan.