Switzerland Business Report 2017
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Ernst Werthmueller, CEO and vice-chairman

Swiss manufacturer Ferrum opens canning and centrifuge technology centre in China

Company is a market leader in the automatic can seaming machinery segment

Country Business Reports interviews and articles by Discovery Reports

Throughout its century-long history of tradition and innovation, Swiss manufacturer Ferrum has managed to stay ahead of its niche market segments. With core competencies in can seaming and centrifuge technology, Ferrum delivers products and services across diverse industries with Swiss quality, efficiency and reliability.

“With our integrated lean management in place, we continuously improve our processes – how we can do things better and how we can meet customers’ expectations in a timely, cost-effective manner,” says CEO and vice-chairman Ernst Werthmueller.

Headquartered in Schafisheim, Ferrum also has offices in the United States, India and China. It runs canning and centrifuge technology training centres in Kunshan, China, and in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Being present in India also enables the company to develop cost-efficient centrifuges with superior performance. With more than 70 representatives worldwide, Ferrum provides quick after-sales service and technical support to meet time-to-market demands of global customers.

We continuously improve our processes
Ernst Werthmueller, CEO and vice-chairman

Ferrum is a market leader in the automatic can seaming machinery segment. Its can seamers – with a capacity of up to 2,500 cans per minute – can seal beverage and foodstuff containers made of steel, aluminium, carton or plastic. In Asia, the company has a strong performance in the metal beverage cans segment, and last year launched its ferruCraft FC03 seamer to address requirements of craft brewers. Ferrum also supplies can seaming machines to original equipment manufacturers, and sees most growth in spare parts distribution for canning equipment in the region.

Driven by Asia’s robust pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology industries, Ferrum is geared to bring its centrifuge technology solutions to the region. It has in-house manufacturing capabilities for the production of high-performance scrapers, pusher centrifuges and automation systems, and has delivered more than 6,200 centrifuges used in excess of 300 applications worldwide. In Japan, the company has a licensing agreement with a local firm for centrifuge manufacturing.

Ferrum welcomes mergers and acquisitions opportunities in Asia and seeks partnerships with local distributors of spare parts machinery to support its regional expansion.