Carl Zeiss launches unit in Guangzhou

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By ZHENG CAIXIONG in Guangzhou zheng­caix­iong@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

Con­struc­tion of a pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity for eye­glass lenses and med­i­cal con­sumer goods has of­fi­cially kicked off, af­ter a grand ground­break­ing cer­e­mony took place in the Si­noSin­ga­pore Knowl­edge City in Huangpu dis­trict of Guangzhou, Guang­dong province on Thurs­day.

The fac­tory is ex­pected to be com­pleted and start pro­duc­tion in June 2020, and will be the sixth fa­cil­ity built by Ger­man com­pany Carl Zeiss AG in the south­ern me­trop­o­lis.

Dur­ing the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony, Matthias Metz, board mem­ber of Carl Zeiss AG, said the new site would be “the foun­da­tion” for Zeiss’ growth in China and beyond.

“For Zeiss, this is one of the most im­por­tant in­vest­ments in Asia, an in­vest­ment into Zeiss’ ca­pac­i­ties for serv­ing the in­creas­ing cus­tomer base in China and Asia with so­lu­tions for eye and vi­sion care,” Metz said.

The new pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity will be ded­i­cated to meet­ing the grow­ing de­mand for state-of-the-art so­lu­tions for eye and vi­sion care in China and Asia, ac­cord­ing to Metz.

“The multi mil­lion-euro in­vest­ment is proof of our com­mit­ment of de­velop Zeiss in China fur­ther — as a com­pany, as a re­spon­si­ble em­ployer and as con­trib­u­tor to the progress of the na­tion. And we are look­ing for­ward to the next decades of serv­ing the de­mands of eye care pro­fes­sion­als and con­sumers in China,” he said.

Wil­son Peng, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Zeiss Vi­sion Care China, said the com­pany has been man­u­fac­tur­ing eye­glass lenses in Guangzhou since 1998.

“To­day, it is one of its lead­ing fac­to­ries for cor­rec­tion, and sun and pho­tochromic lenses and is fully in­te­grated into the global pro­duc­tion net­work of Zeiss Vi­sion Care,” Peng said.

The firm is the lat­est to join the Sino-Sin­ga­pore Knowl­edge City pro­ject, launched as a 50-50 col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Sing­bridge In­ter­na­tional Sin­ga­pore and the Guangzhou Devel­op­ment Dis­trict’s Ad­min­is­tra­tion Com­mit­tee in 2010. Ac­cord­ing to the SSGKC web­site, the 123-square-kilo­me­ters site aims to house 500,000 peo­ple in a “live, work, learn and play” en­vi­ron­ment by 2030.

Chen Xiao­hua, head of Guangzhou’s Huangpu dis­trict, said he be­lieves Zeiss’ new pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity would have a bright fu­ture in the Chi­nese mar­ket.

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