-- SUPOR Sanitary Ware's heavy R&D spending helps conquer difficulty in stainless steel sanitary ware industry
HANGZHOU, China, April 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SUPOR Sanitary Ware Co., Ltd ("SUPOR Sanitary Ware"), a subsidiary of China SUPOR Group, announced phase one of its stainless steel faucet manufacturing facility—the world's largest and which went into production in 2012—has reached annual capacity at 10 million units. The company also announced it will attend the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in New Orleans, U.S. (April 19–21 [Booth 4465]).
SUPOR entered the stainless steel sanitary ware industry in 2008, with over 20 years of experience manufacturing stainless steel cookware. Its 86-hectare stainless steel faucet manufacturing facility in Shenyang, China is the largest of its kind. As of 2012, investment in the facility reached USD 260 million, with plans to invest USD 500 million ultimately.
SUPOR Sanitary Ware has also made breakthroughs in stainless steel processing, welding and polishing, after nearly five years of research together with ABB, the leader in automation technologies, as well as with Tsinghua University and other research institutions. Investment in research reached nearly USD 100 million. The Shenyang facility obtained 120 automatons for polishing from ABB—allowing for the replacement of 80% of the polishing workforce and for the level of scalability adequate for mass production.
With phase one in full production, SUPOR Sanitary Ware is beginning phase two, also in Shenyang, which will house 54 production lines—each 120 meters long, capable of producing 48 million faucets aggregately and of delivering USD 1.61 billion annually.
To meet different regional industry standards, SUPOR Sanitary Ware has obtained industry certifications, including CUPC, ACS and WATERMARK, and is preparing for others, including DVGW, WRAS, NF, WELS and KIWA.
SUPOR Sanitary Ware Co., Ltd.
SUPOR Sanitary Ware is a subsidiary of Supor Group Co., Ltd. Founded in 1994, the group has businesses in the cookware and small home appliances, pharmaceuticals, financial service, property, marina and tourism industries, with annual turnover of USD 2.0 billion. The group listed on China's Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 2004 and entered into a strategic relationship with France-based SEB in 2007. SUPOR is the leading brand across China's cookware industry.
SOURCE Supor Group Co., Ltd.