November 7 2023  |  Seating

RECARO Aircraft Seating celebrates 10 years in China

By Robynne Trueman

RECARO celebrates 10 years in China

RECARO Aircraft Seating recently celebrated its 10 years in China at an event alongside distinguished guests, including customers, VIPs, suppliers and the RECARO leadership team.

In a November 6 press release, RECARO announced the Phase III completion of its Qingdao facility expansion plan, within one year of starting construction. The completion of the expansion aligned with the milestone of a decade at the facility in Qingdao.

The extravagant celebration included a vibrant dragon and lion dance performance to symbolize strength and good fortune. The press release said the event also featured the planting of a Golden Osmanthus tree to “represent the enduring values and legacy of RECARO.”

The milestone event ended with a gala dinner in the evening where the Long Service Awards ceremony took place, recognizing the dedication and loyalty of the team members who have been with the company for 5 to 10 years.

"Reaching the 10-year milestone is an exciting accomplishment, not just for the Asia Pacific region but for overall RECARO,” said Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO of RECARO Aircraft Seating and RECARO Holding. “The resilience of our colleagues in Qingdao, especially in recent years, is what sets RECARO apart. Our presence in Qingdao is a very important part of our strategy for the region and greatly contributes to the success of our global footprint."

As RECARO marked a decade at its facility in China, it also reached the third and final phase of the space2grow expansion plan. The company acquired nearly 11,000 square meters of land in 2019 to maximize the space for offices and workshops onsite, it said in its press release. The construction project of Phase III took around twelve months to complete.

"Reaching 10 years became even sweeter when we completed our Phase Three construction project simultaneously,” said Irene Tan, General Manager of RECARO Aircraft Seating in China. “This gives us the space to further expand and support the future growth prospect of aviation in China, as well as the ramp-ups in the Asia Pacific region. I look forward to this new chapter with my APAC team."

The RECARO Aircraft Seating facility in Qingdao first opened in 2013 and was the first international aircraft seat manufacturer to establish production facilities in China, the press release said. Currently, the facility employs 160 people.

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