Bafang Opens Production Facility in Poland
WROCLOW, Poland – Earlier today President and CEO Qinghua Wang of Bafang Electric (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. officially opened the company’s new production facility based in Wroclow, Poland. At the opening ceremony he said that the new factory will improve the company’s service level in Europe; in particular as eventually Bafang plans to produce 600,000 e-bike (mid) motors here.
It’s certainly not a small facility Bafang opened today in Poland. It’s measures 6,000m² including 800 meters for offices. Currently it holds two assembly lines. Eventually Bafang Poland, depending on demand and running at full capacity with six assembly lines, the e-bike motor and battery maker will be able to produce 600,000 e-bike drive systems here.
‘Bafang’s global existence’
“This European, Polish facility is another step towards Bafang’s global existence,” said CEO Wang at this morning’s opening ceremony. It contributes to what is already a worldwide presence as Bafang currently operates from four locations; from its HQ in Suzhou, China as well as with offices in the Netherlands, the USA and Germany.
Motors, controllers and displays
Bafang says to have invested 16 million USD (14.4m euro) in its European production facility. Production is started with all motor-parts coming from China and being assembled into (mid) motors in Wroclow. But in the very near future Bafang wants to source components for its e-bike motors from nearby suppliers. In particular with an eye on EU local content regulations which the company is well aware of and naturally wants and must comply to. However, this regulation appears to be very complicated, as was said by Bafang officials during the opening. Next to (mid) motors Bafang will also produce controllers and displays at the new Polish facility while the company is considering producing batteries here too.
Currently Bafang Wroclow employs a staff of 50. These are all Polish including the plant manager who is assisted by a Bafang manager from China. And viewing further production growth, it’s intended that this will be achieved with a whole Polish workforce.