Buch group moves full production-line from its Swiss headquarters to Latvia

Bucher Municipal, a subsidiary of the Swiss-based manufacturer of machinery and equipment Bucher Group, launched two new assembly lines in the fall of 2016. Two- and four-cylinder street sweeping machines will be fully manufactured in Ventspils. Previously they were manufactured at Bucher Municipal’s factories in the United Kingdom and the company’s main location in Switzerland.

Bucher Group opened Bucher Municipal Baltic Ltd in the industrial zone of Freeport of Ventspils, Latvia in 2004, where it manufactures vehicle components. In 2011, Bucher Municipal Baltic invested 5 million Euros—including co-financing from the EU Structural Funds—to open a second factory in Latvia, bringing the total number of employees to over 100. The assembly line of the compact street sweeping machine CityCat2020 was moved to Ventspils from the Bucher Municipal’s parent company in Switzerland, the assembly line of the compact street sweeping machine C401 was sent from the Bucher Municipal’s company in the United Kingdom.

Bucher Municipal is a subsidiary of Bucher Group, a Swiss-based global manufacturer of economical, state-of-the-art machinery and equipment used for a variety of purposes, such as harvesting, producing and packaging healthy foods, keeping cities clean and roads safe, and hydraulic systems for high-performance machinery. With approximately 10,000 employees, Bucher Group generated over 2.2 billion Euros in sales.

Niklaus Huser, chairman of the board of Bucher Municiipal Baltic, notes: “Availability of qualified welders and mechanics is one of the most essential requirements for us, and we have made investments in training employees, especially as we expand our operations here. Our decision in choosing Ventspils as our site was based on several considerations, including good overall entrepreneurial conditions; outstanding support from the Free Port of Ventspils Authority and the local municipality; lower levels of salaries compared to the Riga region; benefits from the free economic zone; a harbour with frequent ferry traffic to and from Germany; and proximity to the Russian market.”

Source: Ventspils Freeport Authority