Sigma Elevator Co aims to increase the annual production capacity.
Created on 10/8/2013 9:47:53 AM
Sigma Elevator Co aims to*increase the annual production capacity of its factory in Dalian from 10,000 units in 2011 to 30,000 units by the end of 2013

Sigma Elevator Co aims to*increase the annual production capacity of its factory in Dalian from 10,000 units in 2011 to 30,000 units by the end of 2013, a senior official said on Monday.

The factory, in Dalian, Liaoning province, was built in 1997 and is Sigma's primary manufacturing and export base in the world. Elevators, escalators and moving walkways are among the things made there.

"Thirty percent of the production in the Dalian factory is for export, while the rest goes to the domestic market," said Ken Muller, president and chief executive officer of Sigma Elevator Co, a *subsidiary and a global brand under Otis Elevator Co*, the world's largest manufacturer of people-moving products.

The Sigma elevators and escalators produced in the Dalian factory are now exported to 88 countries and regions, including North Africa, the Middle East, Russia and Indonesia.

In 2005, *Sigma Elevator generated $100 million in the overseas market.* Three years later, it was involved in $200 million worth of overseas contracts, according to the company's website.

To expand its factory's production capacity, the South Korea-based company plans to increase its investments in the operation by 20 to 30 percent annually, said Nicholas Lee, a senior official who is in charge of Sigma's business in China. Company officials declined to place an exact figure on the investment.

"China is now the world's largest elevator market, and although the Chinese economy is slowing down a bit, there is still a lot of potential in the industry here," Muller said.

In 2011, 406,000 elevators and 51,000 escalators were produced on the Chinese mainland.