REGIONAL REPORT: CHINA
Initially, workers were trained at Recaro facilities in Europe. Now, more training takes place in house
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ith an initial crew of approximately 70 employees, Recaro Aircraft Seating opened the doors on a new production plant in Qingdao, China in October of 2013 and took the first steps to begin work on a substantial order of the company’s BL3520-RAC for Shandong Airlines. With a crew of European-trained workers, the short- to medium-haul seats began moving off the assembly line early the next year. Management at the facility has not looked back since, but forward to fill the needs of a Chinese market that has demanded enough seating to double the production year on year. “We are starting local production in China as one of the first international aircraft seat suppliers,” said Dr. Mark Hiller, Recaro’s CEO and Shareholder, at the time of the opening.
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Recaro Aircraft Seating opened its Qingdao facility a little more than three years ago. This year, the company’s General Manager for Asia Pacific foresees doubling production to 20,000 units “This means that we are now present with our own production facilities in all three major aviation markets — Asia, Europe and America. But building this new plant in Qingdao, we are expanding our capacity to service the Chinese market, because in the future, Asia will be the largest market for aircraft seats. Studies show that Chinese airlines alone will need about 5,000 new aircraft in the next 20 years.” Total area of the Recaro plant is approximately 25,000 square meters. It houses a production area of 8,000 square meters and room for sales, engineering, purchasing, program management, production, quality and logistics departments. A little more than a year ago, Irene Tan joined the company as General Manager Asia-Pacific for Recaro. Working out of a location in Hong Kong, Tan works with