GSI opens first manufacturing plant in Europe
August 6, 2014
by World Grain staff
BIATORBAGY, HUNGARY — Grain Systems Inc. (GSI), a global brand of AGCO, recently expanded its manufacturing capabilities by opening a new production facility in Biatorbagy, Hungary. A June 24 ceremonial ribbon cutting was held to signify the opening of GSI’s third international manufacturing plant and the first in Europe. Alexander Ivannikov, vice-president and managing director of GSI EAME; Jason Colwell, director of business operations at GSI Hungary LTD.; Zolton Nemeth, plant manager; and Tom Welke, senior vice-president Global Grain and Protein opened the new facility by cutting the ribbon.
The Biatorbagy manufacturing plant will focus on producing and distributing grain material handling equipment such as bucket elevators and conveyors. As a centralized location, GSI noted that its Hungary plant allows the company to better serve customers in Europe, Middle East and Africa with equipment tailored for their local needs and shorten transport time.
“We are committed to serving customers in this region for years to come, GSI has made a large investment in this new manufacturing facility,” Welke said.
GSI started its international expansion in 1998 in Shanghai, China, and a few years later expanded to Brazil. GSI said that having a footprint on four different continents enables the company to more efficiently serve customers and adapt its production to meet local customer needs.
GSI said it continues to have a strong appreciation for local market needs around the globe and this new facility allows it to continue to accommodate these local customer needs.
“When we decided to expand, we wanted to be able to accomplish three objectives: speed of delivery, flexibility of product design and the ability meet local customer needs,” Colwell said. “With this new GSI Hungary manufacturing plant, we will achieve all of them.”
This new facility has the capability to significantly reduce transport time, which will allow customers to receive their product faster, GSI said.
“The expansion speaks volumes to GSI’s commitment of serving global customers with a global manufacturing footprint,” Derek Hemphill, GSI global product manager, Material Handling, said.