Hübner has announced that plans to build a new factory in Dunlap, Tennessee, for the manufacture of elastomer products in the southeastern United States, after it has secured a major order to supply the New York metro with gangway systems.
The construction works will be launched in the coming weeks and the start of production is planned for the first quarter of 2020. In the first phase, a workforce of up to 50 employees is planned.
The new facility will produce all of the elastomer molded parts, silicone seals as well as sensor-equipped rubber profiles for the rapidly expanding U.S. bus and train industries from 2020 onwards.
The Hübner Group has set itself the goal of becoming the worldwide market leader for door sealing and safety systems in the railway and bus segments, already having the largest market share for these segments throughout Europe. In addition, the new location will also supply the U.S. oil and gas industry with various sealing systems.
“We want to be able to serve the strong growth in the American mobility market directly from here in the U.S. Our European customers have also increased their presence in the USA and they want to be supplied on site with the same level of quality that they are accustomed to in Europe,” Ingolf Cedra, the general manager said during a visit to the production site location in Dunlap, Tennessee.
With this new initiative, each of Hübner’s three business segments, Mobility, Material Solutions and Photonics, will now have its own U.S. location for the development of North American business. In Mount Pleasant in the neighboring state of South Carolina, the company has been producing gangway systems since 1995 for the American mobility market. Hübner is the worldwide leading company for gangway systems for buses and railway vehicles. In San José, California, the business segment Hübner Photonics has a sales and service location for its laser business.