US-based meter manufacturer Sensus cut the ribbon yesterday on its new meter manufacturing and assembly plant in China.
The facility based in Fuzhou in the south-eastern province of Fujian aims to cater to a growing Sensus customer base in China and Southeast Asia, the company said in a statement.
The factory, which went into production in February 2015, has a capacity to manufacture and assemble 150,000 meters annually.
Sensus will make WPD, WSD, MeiTwin and 420PC meters on the Chinese mainland.
Commenting on the opening, Dr Jianing Zha, general manager of Sensus China, said: “Along with our existing expertise and strong interest in the China market, this will open a new chapter for Sensus' growth plans in the Asia Pacific Region.”
Mr Jianing said the Fuzhou facility will meet demand for Sensus meters in Asia—including China, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam—as well as Oceania, South America and Europe.
China smart water meters
In other China smart meter news, manufacturer Wasion Group has announced it is bidding for contracts with 13 city level water companies.
The tenders follow China's 'one-household-one-meter' policy with the government encouraging 656 cities to upgrade their water metering systems.
The Group said it had already established stable trading relationships with water companies in 14 cities in China, including core cities in Hunan, Anhui, Jiangsu, Guangdong provinces.
Ji Wei, chairman of Wasion Group, said: “China is still at an early stage with one-household-one-meter. We have more than 600 cities are gradually introducing water metering reform."
Mr Ji said the government has also introduced a Water Action Plan outlining how China needs to accelerate water pricing reform as well as payment collection system.
Ji said he expects market demand for smart water metering is expected to grow significantly due to the huge market size.