SSi Schae­fer to ex­pand Jo­hor fac­tory

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sSI Schae­fer has just signed a build­ing con­tract to ex­pand their steel man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­duc­tion area by al­most 30% to meet the grow­ing de­mand from APAC and Mid­dle East/Africa. Con­firmed by Brian Miles, Re­gional Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, this is the lat­est round of in­vest­ments the com­pany has made over the last three years. “We now have 34,000m2 of pro­duc­tion and ware­hous­ing at our Sim­pang Renggam site in Jo­hor with a staff of 350,” he said, adding, “The to­tal new in­vest­ment bud­get is €6 mil­lion, which in­cludes a new Ger­man-made rolling mill sim­i­lar to ma­chines op­er­ated by our par­ent com­pany in Ger­many. This will roll all pro­files in AS/RS or rack-clad build­ings, plus the ma­chin­ery for prepa­ra­tion of spe­cial steel­work pro­files.” “With land and labour-costs ris­ing, we are see­ing an in­crease in en­quiries for high-rise rack­ing sys­tems. Ship­ping a heavy steel pro­file halfway around the world is ob­vi­ously not cost-ef­fec­tive; there­fore, the SSI Schae­fer man­age­ment has agreed that Asia should be­come a com­pe­tence cen­tre for the de­sign and sup­ply of th­ese sys­tems,” said Miles. “We have now built over such 50 sys­tems through­out APAC, in­cor­po­rat­ing Ger­man­made pro­files with our own prod­uct. With the new ma­chin­ery, we can be­come ful­lyin­de­pen­dent. We will be able to de­liver th­ese sys­tems to the mar­ket faster and at com­pet­i­tive prices.” “This in­vest­ment was made af­ter se­cur­ing ma­jor au­to­ma­tion projects in Aus­tralia, In­done­sia and China,” con­cluded Miles, “By 2014, it will rep­re­sent close to 50% of the com­pany’s re­turn for APAC, Mid­dle East / Africa.”

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