Castell opens factory in China

Industrial safety specialist Castell has opened a manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China. Castell’s managing director, Tim Whelan, attended the official opening ceremony in October 2009.

Castell opens Chinese factory

Castell opens Chinese factory

(l-r): Judy Jia (administrative assistant), Tim Whelan (managing director), Wendy Wang (purchasing manager), Martin Zhang (director Halma China), Connie Zhang (administrative assistant)

Castell Safety China achieved its business licence in May 2009, and both its production and sales and marketing functions are now fully operational. The number of production staff recently increased by 25 per cent, while the company qualified for ISO 9001:2008 certification through BSI China.

Although primarily created to ensure that Chinese employees are protected in their workplace, Castell Safety China also manufactures trapped key interlocks for 30 per cent of Castell’s global customer base. The operation focuses on local sourcing of components to reduce production costs and maintain short lead times.

Castell Safety China is currently fulfilling an order worth RMB 1.36m (£120,000) for the China Nuclear Power Engineering Company (CNPEC). The interlocks supplied will be used in the Fuqing nuclear power project in Fujian and the Haiyan Fangjiashan nuclear power project in Zhejiang.

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