Fill Machine Engineering establishes wholly-owned subsidiary in China. Presence in the largest automotive market in the world generates new opportunities.
Fill China was recently established with a head office in Shanghai. The new overseas branch of the company will allow the Upper Austrian machine engineering specialists to deal with the emerging Chinese market even more rigorously. Fill machines are already being used successfully at ten locations throughout China. With production of around 19 million vehicles (cars and commercial vehicles) per year, China is the world's largest market in the automotive sector. And it's growing rapidly. The aerospace industry is also booming in the Middle Kingdom. Above all, quality "made by Fill" is highly sought after in China.
In recent years, China has developed into one of the world's most important foundry markets. This is primarily due to the up-and-coming automotive industry. Fill Machine Engineering supplies many renowned automotive manufacturers in Europe and America with production systems for manufacturing cylinder heads and in the field of aluminum casting. Attention has now been turned to the business in China. "We are currently working on seven projects in China, with a total order value of around 16 million euros. The founding of Fill China with a five-strong sales and service team places us closer to the customer and will allow us to further expand our position as a market and technological leader," explains Thomas Rathner, General Manager of Fill China and Head of the Metal Competence Center at Fill.
Rapid growth of the Chinese market in the automotive and composite sectors is stimulating demand for high-quality machines and systems. Above all, huge potential for casting, cooling and raw part machining systems exists here in aluminum and iron foundries. Demand for fiber-reinforced composites is also rising continuously. These fields number among Fill Machine Engineering's core areas of expertise. The company is highly successful internationally, not only as a machine and plant engineer, but also as a systems integrator.
Boom in the aerospace industry
In it's annual "Current Market Outlook" (CMO), aircraft manufacturer Boeing foresees a demand of around 35,000 new aircraft in the next 20 years. More than a third of these in the Asia-Pacific region. Fill has now also achieved initial success in this important industrial sector with an NDT ultrasound inspection system for testing carbon structures for a factory in Nanjing. There is a great deal of interest in further Fill machines and systems.