Since 2003, SCHUNK has been represented in China with its own subsidiary, and has grown consistently since that time.
At a formal ceremony, SCHUNK, the competence leader for clamping technology and gripping systems opened a new China Headquarters in Shanghai. SCHUNK wants to push ahead with investment, and expand its local presence in China, emphasized Henrik A. Schunk, Managing Partner of SCHUNK, in his opening speech.
Since 2003, SCHUNK has been represented in China with its own subsidiary, and has grown consistently since that time. Henrik A. Schunk calls the new headquarters an important milestone in the 70-years history of the family-owned company. With the opening ceremony" a new era of SCHUNK begins in the Chinese market", said the entrepreneur. The new location offers three decisive advantages: "More room for the growing number of Chinese staff, closer to the customer, and more know-how transfer through the new SCHUNK Tech Center." With the help of proper functioning robot cells, visitors can experience live what kind of effects can be achieved by using SCHUNK components. Moreover, workshops and practical trainings will be regularly offered by experienced technical experts. "One of our most important objectives in China is to be on the spot when the customer needs us," explained Henrik A. Schunk. A long-term goal of SCHUNK is to strengthen and expand the market leadership for clamping technology and gripping systems worldwide. In this China will be a third pillar alongside Europe and USA, said Mr. Schunk.
Lion dance and Smart Factory Summit
About 150 guests, including top companies in the field of robotics and production, participated at the opening ceremony. In his speech, Dr. Simon Du, General Manager of SCHUNK Intec China, praised the outstanding commitment of the Schunk family of entrepreneurs. The new Chinese headquarters, with all of its possibilities, offers excellent opportunities for sales, distribution, and comprehensive customer service, said Dr. Du. After the ceremonial cutting of the blue SCHUNK ribbon, the guests were enterntained with a traditional Chinese lion dance. Before these two fanciful lions started their fight for fortune, Henrik A. Schunk and Dr. Simon Du painted on their eyes and handed them the so-called "Hong Bao", a finely decorated red envelope filled with money, which is supposed to bring good fortune to SCHUNK as well. With the following SCHUNK Smart Factory Summit, SCHUNK offered a technological "delicacy" to their guests. Leading professionals gave a lecture on the latest developments and knowledge in the field of the Smart Factory. According to Henrik A. Schunk this is the future. "As a leading full range supplier of robot components we want to show users, plant builders, and system integrators new ways to exploit the comprehensive productivity potential of modern robotics". said Schunk.