To support business growth and customers in Korea and key parts of Asia, vacuum pump specialist, Edwards has opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Korea. Edwards said it had invested approximately US$100 million in the facility, which will also be a key technical centre, allowing more local technical applications support as well as development of product derivatives and the rapid introduction of new products. This is Edwards, seventh manufacturing facility, its first in Korea.
“We have invested heavily in the development of our technology support capability in Korea which is demonstrated in this impressive site,” commented Matthew Taylor, CEO of Edwards. “It is not only a factory but also a great centre of technological excellence which enables us to manufacture closer to customers, improves our response times and customer service as well as providing the leading technology, product quality and sustainable manufacturing which ensures we remain leaders in the global vacuum market.”
Edwards noted that the new facility would have a manufacturing capacity in excess of 25,000 units per year and initially employ 300 staff. The company expects the number of employees to grow to 400 by 2012. Edwards expects total employee numbers in Korea to be up to 700 in 2012.