Since then, JLG has gradually introduced additional product models into the plant for local fabrication and assembly. The facility reportedly uses the latest in manufacturing, subassembly, fabrication and paint technologies.
“The completion of the Tianjin facility gives Oshkosh Corporation and JLG, our access equipment business and the world leader in aerial access equipment, a strategic advantage to better serve our Asian customers,” said Charles L. Szews, Oshkosh Corporation president and chief operating officer. “It allows us to quickly respond to customer requirements in this very important market.”
Oshkosh has a rich history in China. The company first entered the Chinese market in 1982, when it began supplying Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) vehicles.
In 2002, a JLG sales office was opened in Hong Kong, followed in 2006 with an Oshkosh corporate office in Beijing. In 2008, Oshkosh opened an additional corporate office in Shanghai, primarily dedicated to sourcing parts and components for the manufacturing of Oshkosh and JLG products. Tianjin is a municipality located in northeast China, two hours from Beijing.
“With the Tianjin plant, we have brought together the most advanced manufacturing processes to continue our long, proud tradition of building the best access equipment in the world,” said Szews. “Producing in the region will allow rapid product delivery to customers, and complement our other manufacturing locations.”
In addition to China, Oshkosh has manufacturing operations in nine countries including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Mexico, Netherlands, Romania and the United States.