BUCHER

Bucher Schörling 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 7900 employees, Bucher Group generated over 1.6 billion Euros in sales (2010).

In 2004, the company opened Bucher Schörling Baltic Ltd. in Latvia, where it manufactures vehicle components, as well as providing management of Schörling’s Eastern sourcing network. Most recently (2011), Bucher Schörling 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.

Niklaus Huser, chairman of the board of Bucher Schörling 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.”