Azbil Corporation announced that Azbil Control Instruments (Dalian) Co., Ltd., Azbil’s production subsidiary in Dalian, China, will construct a new factory building to further strengthen and expand the volume of global production as part of Azbil’s business expansion worldwide. The 21,000 m2 building will cost 46 million yuan (700 million yen or $6.55 million), and construction is scheduled to be completed in 2022.
Azbil Control Instruments (Dalian) has steadily improved its production capabilities in the quarter century since its establishment in 1994. It produces a high-mix low-volume array of mechanical products that require advanced manufacturing ability, such as industrial control valves, valve positioners, and limit switches. The subsidiary is positioned as an important base for producing and shipping products, especially to the growing Chinese market.
The azbil Group established Azbil Control Instruments (Dalian) as its first overseas production base and then followed with the establishment of Azbil Production (Thailand) Co., Ltd. in 2013. Then in 2019, with the aim to strengthen global production, Azbil coordinated the capabilities of its Shonan factory with those of its Fujisawa Technology Center, the company’s R&D facility, into a “mother factory”—a factory whose processes can be applied as best practices to other factories. The company is building up the three production centers in Japan, China, and Thailand. In terms of overall production, overseas sites accounted for 11% of Azbil's production volume in 2011 and approximately 25% in 2019. Azbil is looking to increase that to 35% in 2025.