Australia’s market leader B&R Enclosures opens new factory in Suzhou, China, following years of strong growth. With the addition of a new China facility, B&R’s global manufacturing footprint now exceeds 40,000m².
B&R Enclosures has upgraded their capability to offer turn-key solutions to the local and international markets including mechanical and electrical design, engineering, manufacturing, project and supply chain management services.
At the opening ceremony of the new facility, CEO for B&R Group, Mr Ken Bridges, General Manager of B&R China, Mr Marko Dimitrijevic, Australian Consul General Mr Graeme Meehan and Director of Suzhou Industrial Park CBD Investment Promotion Centre, Ms Zhu Xiaoyan were in attendance and delivered speeches to their guests. Key customers, suppliers and company friends also attended the event.
Mr Ken Bridges said: “Our Suzhou facility is built and operated with the same dedication to advanced manufacturing technology, engineering standards, commitment to quality and approach to employee safety, health and welfare that is the hallmark of the B&R business globally.”
Mr Graeme Meehan said: “Australia and China enjoy close economic and trade relations. Australian companies such as B&R are contributing to advancing and deepening that relationship.”
Ms Zhu Xiaoyan said: “Since its investment in 2011 in Suzhou, B&R is committed to providing innovative solutions for the electrical and telecom industry, with leading technology, excellent service and constant innovation. B&R has made important contributions to the high-end manufacturing industry in Suzhou SIP. The opening of the new factory in SIP is a strategic move of B&R Enclosures to implement their industrial 4.0 development plan, and an important move to deepen its roots in SIP.”
Mr Marko Dimitrijevic said: “This factory has been designed with intention to apply Industry 4.0 technologies and energy-efficient manufacturing. All manufacturing equipment and facility installations are managed via B&R’s self-developed factory automation “SmartBox” system which monitors equipment utilisation, controls LED lights, air-conditioning and compressed air systems, in efforts to maximize equipment utilisation and minimize energy consumption. Work instructions, order processing, and Quality reports are managed via IPads: a step towards paperless factory.”
B&R maintains a strong focus on its employees, with the new Suzhou offices equipped with central air-purifying system, as well as recreational facility. Combined with our personal development programs and culture of continuous improvement, with the aim of making B&R a desired employer providing a great place to work.