Work to expand production capacity at Tenaris’s automotive component center in Qingdao has begun.
About 100 employees and suppliers gathered to mark the official start-up of the $11M USD investment project, first announced in April, with the aim of growing Tenaris’s position in the Chinese airbag market.
“Since opening its doors in 2016, the component center in China has been committed to providing high-quality products and excellent customer service. Our team has worked continuously to optimize components and processes to contribute to a long-term sustainable growth,” said Liu Jinghua Philix, Managing Director of Tenaris in China, who kicked off the event.
With this expansion, the component center will add 2,600 square meters its existing footprint for a total of 5,600 square meters, incorporating a third production line.
The building expansion started on time despite challenges faced due to a tight construction period, the cold weather in winter, and the overlap with the traditional Chinese spring festival, which may cause a shortage of labor.
“This demonstrates Tenaris’ strong commitment and its capability to continuously invest in and support local market growth. Thanks to the efforts of the whole project team, I am confident that we can overcome challenges to successfully start up the Component Center third line by the fourth quarter of 2022,” said Wang Li Valen, Automotive Sales Manager in China.
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