Trumpf has opened up a production facility in Fukushima, Japan.
During the first investment phase, 35 employees will work in the new 4,500 sq. metre production plant, which is located on a 31.000 sq. metre area to allow any further extension that maybe needed. So far Trumpf has invested more than $14m in the venture.
The new production site is located in Fukushima, 250 kilometres north of Tokyo. Before the opening on 22 April 2008, six months of extensive reconstruction and renovation work had to be done on the former site of an automotive industry supplier.
The products manufactured in Fukushima are primarily intended to be used in Japan too. In combination with the compact and automated Trumpf sheet metal processing machines, these meet the terms of the Japanese market especially well due to their comparatively small foot print. The new production site will work closely with local suppliers to increase competitive advantage.
Around 180 employees work for Trumpf in Japan, including those at the new production site in Fukushima. ‘The country represents a vital building block in our growth strategy for Asia’, Dr Mathias Kammüller, head of the Trumpf Machine Tool and Power Tool Division, said. ‘Localising production is another well thought-out step within this long-term expansion strategy.’