August 8, 2019 | News & Notices New Hydraulic Equipment Plant Established in China to Satisfy Expanded Demand for Forklift Trucks

Image of New Plant Exterior

Image of New Plant Exterior

In November, Tianjin-Shimadzu Hydraulic Equipment Co., Ltd. (TSH) will start construction on a new plant for the manufacture of hydraulic gear pumps and control valves for forklift trucks in the Xiqing Economic-Technological Development Area, Tianjin City, China. Prior to that, on September 26, 2018, Shimadzu Corporation increased its investment in TSH by 20 million U.S. dollars in preparation for the start of production of hydraulic equipment. The new plant is scheduled for completion in September 2020, and TSH expects annual hydraulic gear pump production to reach 300,000 in fiscal 2023, double the 2018 production level.

With the growth in e-commerce, the volume of goods distributed in China has increased. As a result, the market for forklift trucks is growing, and demand for hydraulic gear pumps and control valves, which are essential for forklift trucks, is also increasing. To satisfy the high demand from customers, the new plant will adopt advanced production technologies to achieve high productivity and quality. Unmanned transport vehicles and robots will be used to promote automation and labor-savings. In addition, TSH is planning to maximize the plant utilization ratio by introducing a system to visualize process management and equipment operating status. Overall Shimadzu Group productivity will be improved by sharing production data in real -time with Shimadzu Precision Technology Ltd., which is in charge of manufacturing hydraulic equipment in Japan.

The forklift truck market in China is expected to be boosted by the move to electric vehicles due to emission regulations on combustion engines. Shimadzu aims to expand sales opportunities worldwide through its low electric power consumption and low noise technologies.

Overview and Plans for New Plant

Location Section 6 of the Xiqing Economic-Technological Development Area in Tianjin City
Size About 24,000 m2
Specifications Two-story building (with a floor area of about 17,000 m2)
Start of construction Scheduled for November 2019
End of construction Scheduled for September 2020

Overview of Tianjin-Shimadzu Hydraulic Equipment Co., Ltd.

Address No. 15, Xinghua Sizhi Road, Xiqing Economic Development Area, Tianjin, P.R. China
Capitalization US$27,696,000 (after increased investment)
Representative Nobuhisa Fukushima
Established August 1994
Net sales 109,329,000 yuan (term ending March 2019)
Business operations Manufacture and sales of hydraulic equipment in China
Aerial View Image of New Plant

Aerial View Image of New Plant