Global growth: Watlow expands in China; Singapore cites Asia trends

11/14/2006


Process control/instrumentation; Information control

Watlow celebrates the opening of a new manufacturing facility last month in Shanghai, China, part of the company's effort to serve customers in Asia more effectively.

St. Louis, MO, Shanghai, China, and Baltimore, MDWatlow 's expansion in China and news from Singapore about additional investments in Asia highlight manufacturing growth in that region. Reflecting its effort to better serve customers that currently have a presence in China, Watlow has opened a new manufacturing plant in that country. The new Shanghai facility, which celebrated its grand opening Oct. 31, will manufacture tubular heaters. Watlow is a designer and manufacturer of heaters, controllers, and temperature sensors.

"Watlow built this new facility to support the local market," said John Gross, company director of operations. "Watlow recognizes China as a dominant player in the world market and is committed to serving the region. We feel it is an important step in our customers' growth of their business in Asia," added Gross.

Co-located teams from the United States and China worked together to make the grand opening a reality. The event included Watlow customers from China and the U.S., employees from both locations, and Watlow's executive team. The plant began operations in August.

In other news about the exploding growth in Asia : Efforts by manufacturing to continue growing its businesses in Asia were underscored in a presentation by Ko Kheng Hwa, managing director, Singapore Economic Development Board (SEDB), made at Rockwell Automation 's Manufacturing Perspectives media event held last month, in Baltimore, the day before Automation Fair.

Hwa told journalists attending the event that manufacturing has been shifting locations, but more recent among global trends has been migration of supply chains: U.S. to Mexico; Europe to Eastern Europe; Japan to Asia, Oceana, and Singapore. Europe also has migrated some to the U.S. and to Asia, he noted, adding, "Making that work requires companies to more closely integrate systems and manage assets over a global network. Another trend to watch is high-technology manufacturing. Singapore and Asia as a whole (except Japan) have increased share of high-technology manufacturing globally, as the U.S. widened its lead, while the European group of 15 has declined," said Hwa.

With China expanding as "factory to the world," there's been an emergence of a Pan-Asian manufacturing network, driven by costs and by companies seeking to leverage competitive advantages, diversify risks by spreading manufacturing across multiple areas in the region, especially into areas such as Singapore, said Hwa. ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) free trade agreement, due in 2015, he added, will augment the concept of a huge common market with an integrated production base, incorporating 550 million people with private consumption comparable to Coastal China, Japan, or India.

Click here to read an expanded version of Hwa's remarks at Control Engineering Online .

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief
Jeanine Katzel , senior editor





No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Robotic safety, collaboration, standards; DCS migration tips; IT/OT convergence; 2017 Control Engineering Salary and Career Survey
Integrated mobility; Artificial intelligence; Predictive motion control; Sensors and control system inputs; Asset Management; Cybersecurity
Big Data and IIoT value; Monitoring Big Data; Robotics safety standards and programming; Learning about PID
Featured articles highlight technologies that enable the Industrial Internet of Things, IIoT-related products and strategies to get data more easily to the user.
This article collection contains several articles on how automation and controls are helping human-machine interface (HMI) hardware and software advance.
This digital report will explore several aspects of how IIoT will transform manufacturing in the coming years.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Mobility as the means to offshore innovation; Preventing another Deepwater Horizon; ROVs as subsea robots; SCADA and the radio spectrum
Future of oil and gas projects; Reservoir models; The importance of SCADA to oil and gas
Big Data and bigger solutions; Tablet technologies; SCADA developments
Automation Engineer; Wood Group
System Integrator; Cross Integrated Systems Group
Jose S. Vasquez, Jr.
Fire & Life Safety Engineer; Technip USA Inc.
This course focuses on climate analysis, appropriateness of cooling system selection, and combining cooling systems.
This course will help identify and reveal electrical hazards and identify the solutions to implementing and maintaining a safe work environment.
This course explains how maintaining power and communication systems through emergency power-generation systems is critical.
click me