Grimme has opened a new state-of-the-art 12,500m² plant and office building on a 3.5ha site in Tianjin (130km southeast of Beijing). Costing over €13 million, it is one of the largest single-investments abroad in the company’s 150-year history.
Initially the production focus will be on machines for planting, cultivating, harvesting and storage of potatoes that have been specially developed for the Chinese market.
“The new plant is designed for state-of-the-art manufacturing and production, so that we are able to guarantee the same high-quality level as at the main plant in Damme, Germany,” said project manager Christoph Grimme.
With over five million hectares of potatoes, China is the world’s largest producer. One of the four most important crops in the country, the Chinese government plans to increase the area to 10 million hectares by 2020.