Danish plate processing and management systems maker Glunz & Jensen is to build a new production facility near Shanghai, China, to serve Asian markets.
The factory in the Suzhou region about 80 km west of Shanghai will open next month, complementing existing facilities in Slovakia and the USA.
Chief executive Keld Thorsen says growth in the Asian region is a strategic aim: “With the new facility, we will be closer to customers and the Asian market, enabling us to respond much more quickly to market needs within commercial, newspaper and packing printing.”
Initially, the plant will assemble products from elements produced at the Slovakian factory, with plans to reach full Chinese production and local sourcing during the year.
Sales director Peter Jensen says it is a “fantastic opportunity” to improve customer and aftersales service for distributors and end users: “With strong growth over the previous years, we see this as the ideal way to continue our development in this important region,” he says.
Glunz & Jensen – represented in China through distributors for the past 30 years – claims about ten of the market for offset processing equipment. The company makes plate processors, platesetters and punch-bending systems under its own name and as an OEM supplier to companies including Agfa, Flint, Fuji, Kodak and MacDermid.