Schaeffler is strengthening its business activities in the wind power sector and is commissioning a new production hall with an area of 22,000 square metres at its eastern Chinese location in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province.
The focus in Nanjing, a location of the Industrial division, is on the production of large bearings with a diameter of more than 800 millimetres, which are primarily used in wind turbines, gearboxes and in heavy industry. The plan is to produce 12,500 units per year. With the new hall, Schaeffler is expanding its production capacities at the location to a total area of 260,000 square metres. This will make Nanjing the largest manufacturing location for wind turbine bearings within the Schaeffler Group. More than 2,000 employees work at the site.
"The expansion of production capacity in Nanjing strengthens our Asian plant network," says Andreas Schick, Member of the Schaeffler AG Board of Managing Directors for Production, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing. "With the production technology further developed by Schaeffler, we are achieving a significant increase in efficiency. The key factors here are our own special machines and the realisation of the entire value chain locally. This is sustainability in action. Our global cooperation once again demonstrates Schaeffler's industrialisation expertise."
As part of the Roadmap 2025, which describes the Schaeffler Group's strategic direction for the next five years, innovative and sustainable solutions for wind power applications play a central role for Schaeffler. Against the backdrop of ambitious climate targets and targeted subsidies, new energy projects in the wind energy sector are also being developed and implemented in the People's Republic of China. With solutions for rolling bearing supports, linear technology and direct drives, Schaeffler offers comprehensive technology and application expertise for precisely matched complete systems from a single source.
"The wind power sector is of strategic importance to Schaeffler and continues to have high growth potential," says Dr. Stefan Spindler, Member of the Schaeffler AG Board of Managing Directors for Industrial. "We accompany our partners in the energy transition with innovative products on the path to a sustainable future. With high-performance and reliable large bearings for wind power applications, we are shaping progress that is moving the world. Schaeffler is already represented globally in two out of three wind turbines, making it the leading supplier of wind bearings worldwide."
The Greater China region has played an increasingly important role in Schaeffler's business success since entering the market in 1995. Despite the challenging market environment, the region reported currency-adjusted revenue growth of 8.7 percent in fiscal 2020. The wind sector cluster of the Industrial division made a significant contribution to this.