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KMC Chain Starts its 8th Factory in China

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TAINAN, Taiwan (August 12) – This December the construction of KMC’s 8th factory in China will be completed. Operations of the new factory in Tianjin will start in January 2003. KMC Group invests 2 million US Dollar in the new factory which, next to an extension of the production capacity, must secure KMC’s position in […]

TAINAN, Taiwan (August 12) – This December the construction of KMC’s 8th factory in China will be completed. Operations of the new factory in Tianjin will start in January 2003. KMC Group invests 2 million US Dollar in the new factory which, next to an extension of the production capacity, must secure KMC’s position in the Chinese market.
The Tianjin plant will be named ‘KMC Transmission (Tianjin) Limited’. Earlier this year the world’s biggest maker of bicycle chains already started operations of KMC Transmission (Shanghai) Limited. The construction of KMC’s 8th facility in China kicked off after a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of Jing Bao Industrial Zone in Bei Chang Town, Bei Chen Area, Tianjin. The total land area covers 15,000 m², with the initial stage of building covering 4,000 m². The first 80 employees will start operations in January 2003, churning out 6 million bicycle chains per year. The new Tianjin plant is KMC’s first operation in northern China. The world’s biggest bicycle chain producer already operates several facilities in Shanghai (Eastern China) and Shenzhen (Southern China). With its strong production base in China, KMC Group is hooking up to the new environment of the world’s bicycle industry where China is now the main area for assembly. The US transferred its production base to southern China while Japan is doing the same in the eastern part of the mainland.
Marking its 25th anniversary, KMC’s export is on the steady rise. Sales to China’s bike industry for both export and domestic demand enjoy strong growth. The new Shanghai and Tianjin operations are commissioned not only to enlarge KMC’s production but also to improve rapid delivery. KMC Group produced 65 million bicycle chains in 2001. 70 million are planned for this year. With the new Tianjin plant production of 75 million chains should be within reach in 2003. The integration of its productions in southern, eastern and northern China, combined with those in Vietnam and Taiwan, the group’s overall capacity would exceed 85 million bicycle chains. (JO)

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