Australian-based TBM manufacturer Terratec recently held an official ceremony to mark the opening of its new facility in Guangzhou, China. The new plant with capacity to produce a maximum of 20 large diameter (>6m) TBMs per year will increase the company’s existing international production capabilities to facilitate the rising demand for multiple machine orders on numerous large scale tunnelling projects throughout Asia.
“The new plant allows us to assemble four 6m diameter TBMs simultaneously or a mixture of machine diameters of up to 15m,” said Chris Liu, Managing Director at Terratec China. “From now on, we expect to produce between 10 and 20 large diameter TBMs per year here, depending on market demand.”
“We are proud to mark this occasion and celebrate the continued growth of Terratec in one of its principal markets,” said Bruce Matheson, Sales & Marketing Director. "As a privately-owned and independent company, Terratec has achieved considerable success in Asia to date, which is largely due to its ability to remain flexible and highly-efficient in a competitive industry that demands dynamic solutions. This company stability and success has led to an increase in return-customer driven demand that has required it to further expand its large-diameter TBM production capabilities.”
In 2017, the new facility will deliver 10 machines, including two 6m diameter EPBMs destined for Thailand and two 5m diameter double shield TBMs and a number of 6m diameter metro-class TBMs to projects in India. Terratec has engineering and production facilities in Australia, production facilities in China, an assembly facility in India, and a microtunnelling systems production and service center in Thailand.
The new factory, an hour by ferry from Terratec’s Asia headquarters in Hong Kong will replace existing large-diameter TBM production in Wuhan and will be solely managed by Terratec China.