On 24 April 2014, the Arburg subsidiary in Shanghai celebrated its tenth anniversary during an exclusive evening event. More than 500 guests responded to the invitation from subsidiary manager Zhao Tong to celebrate the anniversary in style in the special atmosphere of the "1933 House Shanghai". Highlights included the presentation of the anniversary sculpture by Arburg Managing Partner Juliane Hehl, awards to special customers and Arburg employee of the year.
Juliane Hehl thanked the entire subsidiary team for their successful work over the past decade and presented Zhao Tong with an anniversary sculpture as sign of recognition. In his welcoming speech, Helmut Heinson, Managing Director responsible for international sales, emphasised the great importance of the subsidiary in Shanghai and thanked the customers for their trusting cooperation.
In his speech, Zhao Tong added his thanks before reminiscing on the successful development of the subsidiary since 2004. "Over the course of the past decade, close contacts and strong partnerships have been established with our customers. Without them and their support, we would not be what we are today," he emphasised, adding that, "a competent team plays a central role in providing them first-class support." To thank his employees for their commitment, he invited them all up onto the stage. Mark Xiao received special praise as the "best employee of the year" and was presented an award by Helmut Heinson.
Moreover, Arburg bestowed customer awards in a number of categories. The prize for the greatest innovative strength went to Derjin, that for the greatest influence to Hongfa, that for the leading company within the industry to Kostal and that for excellence in partnership to Pigeon. The outstanding performance of all award-winners was presented using videos. Between the official programme events, the multi-course menu was served and entertainment provided in the form of impressive performances.
In addition to the subsidiary in Shanghai, Arburg operates two further fully-owned organisations in China: one in Hong Kong since 1991 and another in Shenzhen since 2006. Another important milestone was the opening of our machine warehouse in Shanghai in 2013. A range of electric, hybrid and hydraulic Allrounder injection moulding machines is available here, which can be adapted to specific customer requirements as required, so that they can be quickly commissioned on-site at the customer's premises. A total of 53 employees ensure a comprehensive pre- and after-sales service in China. Besides large global players, the customer portfolio includes a continually increasing number of local companies. This confirms that Arburg has chosen the right path with the investments it has made in the Chinese market over the past years and decades.
Ten years of Arburg Shanghai