Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Premier Wen Jiabao visit Herrenknecht in Guangzhou

At the beginning of February 2012 the German Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visited the Herrenknecht Works (HTE) in Guangzhou/China. Top technology from Germany is very much in demand on the growing Chinese market – tunnel boring machines from Herrenknecht are employed in numerous major infrastructural projects in China.
 
Within the framework of her visit to China Federal Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel together with Wen Jiabao, the Premier of the People’s Republic of China visited the Herrenknecht plant in Guangzhou on February 3rd, 2012. Her delegation included 20 leading representatives from German industry. Dr.-Ing. E.h. Martin Herrenknecht, board chairman of the Herrenknecht AG, presented the company to Federal Chancellor Merkel and Premier Wen and explained important Chinese as well as international reference projects. He also presented a tunnel boring machine, an EPB shield with 6.95 m diameter, foreseen for building the Metro Line 2 in Dongguan.
 
Herrenknecht has been represented on the Chinese growth market since it supplied the first machine for building the Beijing Metro in 2000. In the interim Herrenknecht now earns around 20 % of its total turnover in China. Enormous economic growth as well as an ever increasing degree of urbanisation has led to a high demand for high-grade, underground traffic and utility infrastructures. Herrenknecht technology has so far been involved in 275 projects, mainly for urban tunnelling schemes.
 
As many as 480 km of tunnel tubes were built using the companies technology over the past years; a further 200 km is being tackled. For Metro construction alone 172 machines have been and still are employed in 18 cities. Among the biggest projects so far is the production of 2 double-deck traffic tunnels in Shanghai to link the river island of Changxing with the mainland. Two of the world’s largest tunnel boring machines each with 15.43 m diameter are involved in this project. The Yellow River near Zhengzhou was undertunnelled as part of the North-South Water Transfer project. Two machines each 9 m in diameter drove two 4.25 km long tunnels – at down to 36 m beneath water level.
 
Herrenknecht possesses 9 locations in China – 6 for marketing and service as well as 3 production and assembly plants – with a total of 850 members of staff. This represents a win-win situation for the locations in Germany and in China. First of all it turned out to be possible to engage a labour force in China – quite apart from employing around 1,000 additional people in Germany in order to cover the growing demand and need for tunnel boring machines in Asia. The Herrenknecht (Guangzhou) Tunnelling Equipment Co., Ltd. (HTE) plant visited by the Federal Chancellor and the Chinese Premier, a 100% subsidiary, is the first factory to be established by Herrenknecht in China (2002). The Herrenknecht group is worldwide No. 1 for mechanised tunnelling machinery. The family company employs some 4,000 members of staff, more than 2,000 of which are based at the headquarters in Schwanau in Germany.
 

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