BAFANG Opens First Production Facility Outside of China in Wrocław, Poland
Currently a network of local suppliers is being installed to further reduce shipments from Asia.
Bafang opened its first factory outside China in the new ‘Panattoni Park Wrocław’ industrial zone on 10,Sep. With major international companies like Amazon, Schenker, LG Chem and Lapp Cables in the neighbourhood, adjacent to two major highways to Germany and the Czech Republic, the new location offers excellent logistics, supplier and traffic infrastructure.
More than 200 people attended the opening ceremony – members from the international e-bike industry, local administration of the City of Wroclaw and Chamber of Commerce to members of the Chinese embassy in Poland.
The factory building currently offers a total floorspace of about 6000sqm, with production making up 5200 sqm and offices another 800sqm.
Bafang was established in 2003 and started its business in the European market in 2004. As of 2011, it set up a sales and service company in the Netherlands. The German office was established in 2016. As Bafang is deeply rooted in the European market, already in 2015, the company began to investigate for a production base in Europe. Many requirements need to be met when it comes to manufacturing abroad, like supporting capacity, logistics capacity and industrial cluster capacity. Many countries have been thoroughly researched and visited, like Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary and other countries in eastern Europe. With Wroclaw, Poland, a perfect combination of many factors has been found and therefore decided upon.
Speaking at the event, CEO Qinghua Wang, Chairman and Managing Director, said: "We are very excited to be investing here in Poland. This day signifies the beginning of a long relationship between us and the communities of Kobierzyce, Wroclaw and the Lower Silesia region. We are greatly appreciative of all the support we've received from the community to make this multi-million-dollar investment become a reality."