Grand Opening of AMT’s New Shanghai Technology Center Promotes American Manufacturing
Year after year, IMTS attracts thousands of visitors from six continents. IMTS 2016 welcomed visitors from 117 countries, including China, and expects even more at IMTS 2018. As economies around the world continue to improve, business opportunities are expanding for American manufacturing companies abroad.
AMT, which owns and operates IMTS, recently celebrated the grand opening of its new Shanghai Technology Center (STC) within the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone in Shanghai, China. The STC is a thriving example of how American manufacturing companies are growing their businesses abroad.
The STC ribbon-cutting ceremony attracted a crowd of more than 300 people including Chinese and American government officials, business leaders, AMT members, and news crews. “Since 2013, imported machine technology has increased progressively 10 percent per year,” said one Chinese news source.
Ed Christopher, AMT Vice President – Global Services stated that in 2004 AMT opened its first foreign Technology and Service Center in Shanghai. For more than a decade, AMT’s first STC helped more than 100 AMT member companies increase their sales and distribution in China. “Many have ‘graduated’ from the STC and left after a sufficient incubation period to establish their own offices and factories,” said Christopher. “Others have stayed with the STC from the start, recognizing inherent benefits and efficiencies such as displaying and demonstrating high-tech equipment and machinery, as well as helping with distribution, sales, and machine servicing.”
At 17,000 SF, the new STC is modern and spacious, and designed to serve China's vibrant industrial growth and expansion into smart manufacturing. Featuring a 5,000-SF display and demonstration showroom for advanced manufacturing equipment and technology, the STC boasts 20 private offices, 20 open configuration work spaces, three conference/training rooms, and 1,300 SF of warehouse space.
The Shanghai Waigaoqiao International Machine Tools Center - the industrial park that houses the new STC - comprises about 30 acres and encompasses more than a million SF of buildings. It is China’s largest showplace and support center for the best of the world’s advanced manufacturing technology. The entire development is dedicated to manufacturing technology companies and organizations.
AMT’s International Technology Centers in China, India, Mexico, and Brazil help AMT members have a local presence at a fraction of the cost of “going it alone.” AMT’s Poland office assists members develop business in the European markets. Reach out to Ed Christopher, AMT Vice President - Global Services, or Marcel Beraud, AMT Director of Global Services to learn more about how AMT can help you increase your sales in the growing global marketplace!