Haulotte has started the construction of its second manufacturing plant in China, to keep up with the growth of the local MEWP (mobile elevating work platform) market, with an opening scheduled in first half of 2022.
Called the Fei Long project, the new facility will be the flagship of Haulotte’s ambition in China, featuring a 4.0 designed factory on 80,000 sq m of land. It comprises a 44,000 sq m building that will significantly enable the company to widen its range of local production, which will soon include both telescopic and articulated booms.
Haulotte established its first office in China 15 years ago to focus on selling equipment. Not long after, the company built a dedicated manufacturing plant to serve the country and areas abroad. The second plant currently under construction is located close to this existing plant, in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province.
According to Haulotte, the new facility will benefit from the latest technologies in terms of organisation and process, such as the capacity to design locally customised solutions. It is also conveniently situated near the highway, which will ease logistics and allow the company to be closer to local suppliers.