Tianjin, China: initiatives overcome obstacles
Since 2016, a workforce of around 40 employees has been manufacturing oil pans for a locally manufactured Volkswagen car transmission system. In October 2020, the one millionth of these modules rolled off the production line. Moreover, during recent years, the plant has also extended its portfolio in other directions. Apart from oil pans it now produces gaskets, oil separators and logistics boxes, and for 2021 additional start-ups are planned that will further increase the manufacturing diversity at the location. Among other things, a new process is to be introduced at the plant in the shape of hot gas welding. Establishing production locations overseas is not simple. Local regulations, legal statutes and ordinances, cultural differences and the lack of networking are just some of the factors that complicate the foundation of a plant at such a great distance from group headquarters. Owing to this fact, the plant in China initially had a rather flat start-up curve. However, the latest positive progress shows that any number of obstacles can be overcome by taking initiatives and a willingness to travel new paths.