Tianjin (China) in November 2019: Heinz Schelwat, Managing Director of Sea & Sun Technology, signs the joint venture agreement with the Chinese state-owned Zhonghuan TIG Meteorological Instruments. The company from Trappenkamp is the largest shareholder in the joint venture and shares the tasks with its partner TIG, which in turn is a minority shareholder in Sea & Sun Technology, the successful specialist for water analysis instruments. The new joint venture will bear the official name TIG Sea & Sun Environmental Technology(Tianjin) Co., Ltd. but will be affectionately referred to by employees and customers as HAIDE, which in Chinese means sea and virtue.
The joint venture has ambitious plans. Heinz Schelwat and his partner Zheng Xiaolin from TIG want to participate when the People’s Republic of China builds and expands the infrastructure for clean drinking water, sewage treatment plants and coastal protection. Experts estimate that the market for water measurements in China will grow by 12% annually and amount to 1.3 billion US $ in 2030. The joint venture with Chinese production and German technology intends to gain a good portion of the market share from the market growth.
A production hall and a calibration laboratory have already been set up in Tianjin to calibrate the probes directly in China and have them recalibrated annually so that perfect measurement results are always available. In addition, investments are now being made in sales and product adaptations. The first major orders are already on the horizon.
These production expansions will have no effect on the Trappenkamp site. However, the team will work more intensively on new developments and product improvements and will continue to manufacture all sensors and titanium probes for the rest of the world.