24. March 2022
(Marchtrenk, 24 March 2022) The TGW branch in Shanghai was founded in March 2012 and has been growing ever since. Sustainable development, successful projects, and satisfied customers have established TGW China as a strong partner for the planning and realization of automated fulfillment centers, as well as for the support of such centers during live and ongoing operation.
Recognition of the important, burgeoning market was a deciding factor in the foundation of TGW China. "The demand for partially- and fully-automated solutions is growing continuously; the potential is enormous," states Jun Mei, CEO of TGW China. "Our specialists not only plan warehouse automation systems for the local market, but also handle their realization and subsequent professional maintenance within the framework of Lifetime Services, making sure the systems run smoothly and with maximum performance. Close collaboration with our headquarters in Austria is an important part of that."
Just three years after the sales location opened in Shanghai, TGW founded a production unit about 90 miles away in Changzhou in 2015. There, energy efficient KingDrive® conveyor equipment is produced and supplied to installation sites throughout the country.
Free trade agreements make it also possible to export equipment to other Asian countries, including South Korea and the ASEAN states. Running this production unit sustainably reduces transportation costs, while maintaining high-quality standards and maximum flexibility.
A growing number of companies are relying on the competence and experience of TGW's unit in China. The largest order in TGW China's history came from Skechers, one of the biggest producers of high-quality sportswear in the world. Other customers include automotive supplier HELLA and semiconductor manufacturer Zhongjing.
In the area of systems integration, focus lies on the fashion and apparel, grocery, and industrial and consumer goods industries, where e-commerce is opening up great potential for automation. The distributor business unit, which supplies Chinese systems integrators with mechatronic subsystems, is also growing quickly in demand.
Over the years, numerous expatriates contributed to establishing the unit. Moreover, a long-term localization plan culminated in the appointment of Jun Mei as CEO of TGW China in 2021, placing management in Chinese hands. The previous CEO, Frank Imkamp, then took on the role of Legal Representative.
Harald Schröpf, CEO of the TGW Logistics Group, comments: "We have identified Europe, North America, and Asia as core markets in which we foresee major growth opportunities in the medium and long term. We have great confidence in the market, and our confidence in our employees' ability to exploit that potential is just as great."