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CeramTec Opens New Plant in China

The Plochingen-based CeramTec Group opened a new production site in China last week.
This is the ceramics manufacturer’s response to the growing demand for technical ceramics
in the Asian region.

Group Picture of the CeramTec Management and Guests of Honor: Xu Chen, Jean Huang, Lei Chen,
Dr. Ulf-D. Zimmermann, Dr. Wolfgang Röhr, Sigurd Adler, Rolf-Michael Müller, Dr. Stephan Ahne

Dr. Ulf-D. Zimmermann and Lei Chen drew
on the lion’s eyes according to Chinese tradition

CeramTec executives Dr. Ulf-D. Zimmermann, Sigurd Adler and Rolf-Michael Müller, the entire management team and the Supervisory Board of CeramTec Suzhou, the General Council of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Wolfgang Röhr, and Lei Chen, a representative of the Chinese Government, opened the new plant at the Suzhou site during a celebration ceremony. The plant is located at the heart of one of the most advanced industry zones in China, Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), and guarantees proximity to the major economic center Shanghai. The plant opening marked the completion of the MOVE project, the new construction and the move from the old plant to the new one. The project is an example of the fruitful international cooperation between German, Chinese and Czech CeramTec employees. Participants included project manager Hans Schönberger as well as Klaus Hörath, Walter Rabenbauer and Alex Walschewski from the Service Center for Technical Engineering, and the Chinese colleagues Jean Huang and Louis Lu.

Dr. Ulf-D. Zimmermann during his opening speech

“We are opening this new plant in Suzhou in response to the growing importance of the markets in the Chinese and Asian regions. I would like to thank everyone responsible for the project and wish our colleagues in Suzhou tenacity and success,” explained Dr. Zimmerman during his opening speech. He also mentioned CeramTec’s 14-year history in China and talked about how the subsidiary has grown from four employees then to over 150 today. The celebration began with a traditional lion dance, during which Dr. Zimmerman and Lei Chen drew on the lion’s eyes according to Chinese tradition. Amid fireworks and a shower of confetti, he and the honorary guests present symbolically cut the red ribbon, thereby officially opening the new plant. Then the CeramTec employees offered the attendees a tour of the production area and introduced their departments. The event came to a close with customers, guests and employees joining each other for lunch in the marquee.

Lei Chen, Dr. Ulf-D. Zimmermann and Dr. Wolfgang Röhr
symbolically cut the red ribbon, thereby officially opening
the new plant

The production site in Suzhou has an area of around 4,300 sqm and provides jobs for approximately 200 employees. The Chinese subsidiary’s new plant manufactures ceramic components for the electronics, textiles and sanitary industry markets along with other industries. The new office building is close to 1,200 sqm and houses the administration, sales and management offices among others.

In addition to the plant in China, CeramTec is also represented in locations in India, Malaysia, several in Europe and in the US. In 2012 the Swabian company achieved revenues of € 425 million and employed around 3,600 individuals worldwide.