Endress+Hauser expanding US production
16 September 2013
Swiss measurement engineering specialist invests 40 million dollars in new plants for flow, level and pressure engineering.
Endress+Hauser is set to serve its customers in North and South America with more US-sourced products. The Swiss specialist for measurement engineering and process automation has invested over 40 million dollars in expanding its plants for flow, level and pressure measurement manufacturing.
September 12, 2013 — Producing, assembling and calibrating at sites throughout the world is one of Endress+Hauser’s central business strategies. “We want to move our production as close as possible to our customers,” stressed Klaus Endress, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group, during the inauguration ceremony for two new buildings in Greenwood, Indiana. “Being close allows us to respond quickly to the special needs and requirements of market and customers.”
One important factor for this concept to work is globally uniform quality standards. “Here in the US we manufacture at the highest level,” stressed Hans-Peter Blaser, Managing Director of the flow engineering plant in Greenwood. An extension to the new building occupied only five years ago has created nearly 85,000 square feet of additional space. “This gives us the chance to increase capacity and to produce additional lines of instruments locally.” The systems for calibrating flowmeters, unique on the continent, have now grown to include the latest technology for gas calibration.
The plant for level and pressure engineering moves into a new building with more than 105,000 square feet of ground area directly next door. “After years of strong growth, this will make us fit for the future,” says Managing Director John Schnake. The additional production areas will increase the scope of production and allow more products to be delivered directly from the Greenwood plant. The vacated facilities space will allow for a new visitor and training center for the US sales organization.
American business with Swiss roots
Over the past years Endress+Hauser has strongly grown its market share in the United States. Todd Lucey, Managing Director of the US sales center, believes that one of the keys to this success is owed to this expanded local manufacturing capability. “More than 80 percent of the measurement instruments we deliver in the USA today are now made in the USA. And we will continue to grow this share into the future,” he said, adding: “We are a proud American company – with strong Swiss roots.”
Endress+Hauser has had its own sales center in the United States since 1970; for over two decades, the company has also manufactured there – for the US market, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. Flow, pressure and temperature measurement devices are produced in Greenwood, Indiana, where the US sales center also is headquartered. Endress+Hauser manufactures sensors for liquid analysis in Anaheim, California, while the subsidiary SpectraSensors in Houston, Texas, specializing in gas analysis, operates a plant in Rancho Cucamonga, California. More than 700 people work for Endress+Hauser in the United States – while a tight network of representatives with another 350 sales engineers and service technicians supports customers nationwide.
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