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September 12, 2013
Endress+Hauser expands U.S. production
Endress+Hauser (Switzerland; www.endress.com) is set to serve its customers in North and South Americawith more US-made products. The Swiss specialist for measurement engineering and process automation has invested over $40 million in expanding its plants for flow, level and pressure measurement engineering in Greenwood, Indiana.
Producing, assembling and calibrating at sites all over the world is one of Endress+Hauser’s central business strategies. “We want to move our production as close as possible to our customers,” says 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 individual markets and customers.”
One important factor for this concept to work is globally uniform quality standards. “Here in the U.S. we manufacture at the highest level,” stresses 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 8,800 square meters 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 over 9,800 square meters of floorspace directly next door. “After years of strong growth, this will make us fit for the future,” explains managing director John Schnake. The additional production areas will increase the scope of production and will 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 U.S. sales organization.
Over the past years Endress+Hauser has strongly grown its market share in the U.S. Todd Lucey, managing director of the U.S. sales center, believes that one of the key drivers of their success is this expanded local manufacturing capability. “Over 80% 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 says, adding: “We are a proud American company — with strong Swiss roots.”