Chinese Manufacturer Opens New Factory in Italy

A Chinese manufacturer of high-end equipment expands its facilities in the EMEA area.

By Joel Davies -

Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Co., Ltd. has officially launched operations of its new factory in the northern Italian town of Mantova. Now fully operational, the factory is hoped to advance and improve Zoomlion’s localized production in the European market, including tower cranes, automobiles, work platforms and forklifts, as well as providing a full range of services to local customers.

Zoomlion is a high-end equipment manufacturing enterprise that integrates engineering machinery, agricultural machinery, and financial services. Founded in 1992, the company has 14 large industrial and technological parks in China as well as bases in Germany, India, Brazil, Belarus and Italy.

With an area of 20,000 square meters, Zoomlion says its new factory is laid out in “accordance with the lean manufacturing principle and meets the highest safety and environmental construction standards” in Europe. Personnel from Zoomlion said, “The new factory is equipped with an automatic gas emission monitoring system to prevent the pollution of the environment, we’ve installed solar panels on the roofs to provide electricity for production and LED lighting across the entire factory”.

Zoomlion says the development is a major milestone of its development strategy in the Italian market, elevating the company’s competitive strength through localized manufacturing of its products, which has the advantages of meeting the needs and preferences of the target market in terms of production performance, technological innovation and design. Localized manufacturing is also expected to enhance the company’s global operating capabilities.

Tower Cranes, Truck Cranes And Other Products Will Be Produced Locally In The New Plant. Image: Zoomlion.

“As the comprehensive manufacturing base of Zoomlion products in Europe, the new factory will establish a complete system of R&D, manufacturing, sales and supply chain, by integrating Zoomlion’s technologies, we’ll achieve complete localization of product design, manufacturing and parts procurement to build high-quality ‘European versions’ of Zoomlion products”, said Davide Cipolla, General Manager of CIFA in Italy.

CIFA designs and manufactures a range of machines for the production, transport, and placing of concrete. Zoomlion has upgraded CIFA’s base where the ATC960 and ATC1000 all-terrain cranes were designed and manufactured. More than 70 per cent of the products Zoomlion exhibited at Bauma 2019 – a Munich tradeshow – were manufactured in local factories in Europe.

You can find more information about Zoomlion on its website.

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