Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has revealed plans to transfer part of its crane engineering in China to Etteplan, a globally operating engineering company.
The revelation was made by Toni Söderlund, Vice President, Products and Solutions, Kalmar, who noted that with the planned long-term agreement Kalmar aims to improve the efficiency of its crane engineering operations in China by ensuring scalability and cost competitiveness.
According to Söderlund, the parties have signed an agreement regarding the services to be provided by Etteplan. As a consequence, approximately 70 Kalmar engineering employees in China are planned to move to Etteplan. The planned transfer is expected to take place on 1 January 2021. After that, the transferring employees will initially continue to work from their current locations in their current roles and tasks.
“We are aiming to improve our competitiveness by outsourcing part of the crane engineering operations in China. This is a natural step for us after reorganising our earlier Chinese joint venture in June 2020. With the support of Etteplan’s expert network and global footprint, we will be able to safeguard the scalability of our engineering operations, unify engineering competencies and processes between different products and technical solutions and realise synergies, resulting in better service for our customers,” said Söderlund.
On the development, Riku Riikonen, Senior Vice President of Engineering Solutions at Etteplan, has this to say: “Measured by the number of people, this is among the largest outsourcing agreements in Etteplan’s history and happens in China, which is one of our strategic growth markets. I warmly welcome some 70 new experts to the Etteplan team. The agreement shows that our outsourcing solutions are effective and it undoubtedly strengthens our market position in China.”
Etteplan provides solutions for industrial equipment and plant engineering, software and embedded solutions, and technical documentation solutions to the world’s leading companies in the manufacturing industry. In 2019, Etteplan had a turnover of approximately EUR 263 million. The company currently has more than 3,400 professionals in Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland and China. Etteplan’s shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd under the ETTE ticker.