CHICAGO (23 Oct, 2014) - John Crane is making significant investments in its Tianjin, China manufacturing and customer service center to continue strengthening customer support capabilities. Investments have been made in manufacturing equipment, service center machines, customer and employee training facilities, and a new research and development (R&D) technology center to meet the growing demand from energy services customers in China.
John Crane has operated in China since 1986, giving local customers access to a wide variety of mechanical seals and aftermarket services. The latest investments are part of the company’s strategy to continue building infrastructure to support local customer demand across Asia and other targeted high-growth markets. Among the investments are:
- New advanced machines in the service center to expand aftermarket capabilities
- Four new product lines added to the manufacturing operations
- A new training center to support customized training for customers and employees
- A new global R&D technology center to bring new technologies and local engineering expertise to the Chinese market
In addition, the company is increasing gas seal capabilities at the Tianjin, China facility to give the local market access to gas seal engineering expertise, and manufacturing, service and repair capabilities.
Zhenning Mao, John Crane’s Vice President of China, said: "This is an exciting time for us. We’re investing in our China business at the highest levels in our history. Expanding our manufacturing capabilities means we can bring customers new products faster and with better quality. And with new machines in our service center, we’re able to offer customers new aftermarket services to improve reliability in their operations.
“The investments are testament to our growing workforce who are working hard to service our local customers. Our teams are also preparing to meet customer demands that will arise based on the forecast that China’s energy production will increase 60% over the next 20 years.”
About John Crane
John Crane www.johncrane.com is a global leader in engineered technology, supplying engineered products and services to energy services customers and other major process industries. The company designs and manufactures a variety of products including mechanical seals, couplings, bearings, filtration systems and artificial lift equipment. John Crane employs about 6,900 people and has more than 230 sales and service facilities in 50 countries. Fiscal year 2014 revenues were $1.5 billion. It is part of Smiths Group www.smiths.com, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components.