30 November 2021
German compressor specialist BITZER is establishing a joint venture with a long-standing Chinese partner to manufacture rotary compressors for smaller capacities exclusively for the Chinese market.
Work on the new 160,000 sq m plant in Zhenjang, which will boast 90,000 sq m of production space, will begin in the first half of 2022.
Rainer Große-Kracht, vice-chairman of the executive board and chief technology officer at BITZER, said: “A lot is changing in China at the moment. The demand for air conditioning is growing and the decarbonisation of heating cannot be stopped in China either, so the demand for small- and large-capacity heat pumps will grow enormously.’’
When the plant is up and running, around 1,000 employees are expected to produce up to three million rotary compressors per year in a start-up curve. In the long term, the independent refrigeration and air conditioning specialist plans to have up to six million rotary compressors a year coming off the production line in China.
Martin Büchsel, member of the executive board and chief sales and marketing officer, said: “The new joint venture is a win–win situation for us. Since we offer our rotary compressors exclusively on the Chinese market, the association with our partner, who has excellent contacts in the Chinese market, helps us.’’