DAILY NEWS Sep 2, 2014 5:35 AM - 0 comments

Chinese bearing manufacturer dramatically increases bearing production for North America

Physical plant expanded and automation efficiency increased to help support burgeoning demand of North American market.

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Plymouth, MI - The C&U Group, parent company of North American subsidiary C&U Americas, has announced a major expansion of its Taper Roller Bearing plant facilities and overall production capabilities at the company’s Tainai complex, which is located in the Fengxian District near Shanghai. C&U is China’s largest bearing producer and one of the world’s top 10 bearing manufacturers.

A key objective of the expansion is to help meet the demands of C&U’s rapidly growing North American market. In making the announcement, Bill Childers, president of C&U Americas, noted, “The added capabilities of the Tainai facility are just what we need to keep pace with our successful growth in the US market and aggressive plans to expand our bearing business throughout the entire NAFTA region.”

C&U’s Tainai facility was established in 2004 and started producing both single-row and double-row taper roller bearings in 2005. In 2012, a second plant was added and the facility began to incrementally increase bearing production capacity. Overall floor space has been increased by a factor of four from 3,799 square meters to 15,100 square meters. The production lines have been doubled, giving the ISO/TS16949-certified plant 18 operational lines. All of the new lines are fully automated.

Targeting over 2.2 MM bearings per month

The Tainai plant expansion is an ongoing process and more production lines will be added over the next five years. This will more than double the current capacity. When the expansion is completed, the plant will be operating a total of 39 production lines and delivering over 2,260,000 taper roller bearing units per month.

C&U Americas was established in 2009 in Plymouth, MI. In 2013, the company moved its North American headquarters and warehousing facility to larger quarters to increase inventory capacity and make it easier to distribute bearing products to OEM and aftermarket customers in the automotive and industrial markets.

C&U Americas offers a full line of bearing types and styles for use in original equipment manufacturing, aftermarket replacement, and MRO operations. The C&U portfolio includes over 30,000 types of bearings in a wide range of specifications and sizes ranging from 1.5 mm ID to 4,000 mm OD.

For more information, visit http://www.cubearing.com

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