Zumtobel opens new factory in Tianjin, China
With the opening of a newly built factory in Tianjin in northern China, the country's third largest city, Austria-based lighting giant Zumtobel Group is strengthening its presence in the Asian market. The new Thorn factory for road and tunnel lighting, which replaces a much smaller lighting factory, covers some 19,000 square meters and includes a production shop, an admin block and laboratory and testing facilities. Built with support from the local development company TEDA (Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area), the new factory was officially opened on Monday in the presence of Vice Mayor Wang Zhiping and the Chief Operating Officer of the Zumtobel Group, Martin Brandt.
In conjunction with the new plant, Thorn has also invested in the expansion of the laboratories and testing facilities in Tianjin. At the same time, close cooperation with Chinese universities such as Dalian Polytechnic University, Tianjin University and Fudan University Guangzhou play an important part in enabling Thorn to recruit highly qualified specialist employees.
Today, some 15% of the Zumtobel Group's 7,450-strong global workforce are already employed in Asia (incl. the Middle East). The international lighting group currently operates three factories in China: a Tridonic plant for electronic ballasts in Shenzhen, a Thorn plant for professional indoor lighting in Guangzhou and the new Thorn factory for outdoor lighting in Tianjin. All of these plants have their own laboratories and testing facilities that match up to international standards. Together the three plants employ a total of almost 90 development and engineering personnel.
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