Another milestone in the success story in China was the inauguration of the new FUCHS plant in an industrial area of Yingkou on October 28, 2013. The old plant did not offer any more space for expansion. In less than two years a highly automated production plant was erected on a surface area of about 80,000 square meters in the northeast of China, 600 km east of Beijing. €24 million were invested in the new site. In spite of the significant higher capacity it can be operated with the same number of employees. The plant manufactures around 2,000 products for diverse applications. Yingkou mainly supplies the north of China as well as the automotive, mining and steel industries.
The plant supplies customers across all of China with greases and other specialties. In 2013, both Chinese subsidiaries jointly generated sales revenues of €254 million, about 13 percent of the GROUP’s revenues. In 2008, the volume was only half the size 6 percent.
It soon turned out that modifications in Shanghai‘s city planning brought the Shanghai plant to its limits ultimately triggering the decision for a new plant. “Currently, a new plant with eight fully automated filling lines, 31 mixing stations and 55 tanks with capacities from 60 to 500 cubic meters is under construction in Wujiang, a city district of Suzhou in the Province Jiangsu. The new plant raised investments of €36 million. The output capacity during phase I will amount to 100,000 tons annually, almost twice the output of the Shanghai plant. The high bay warehouse will have a capacity of 11,000 pallets,” as Qingping Zhu, CEO of the FUCHS LUBRICANTS (CHINA) LTD. since 2009, outlines the plans. “By the second quarter of 2019, the new plant will ramp up all its production activities“.