Amazon to open second Michigan fulfilment centre in Romulus, 1,500 jobs to be created
Amazon has announced plans to open its second Michigan fulfilment centre in Romulus, creating more than 1,500 new full-time in what it says will be a “highly technological workplace”.
Amazon employees will work alongside innovative technologies, such as robotics, at the 855,000 sq ft. fulfilment centre picking, packing, and shipping smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.
“Our ability to expand in Michigan is the result of two things: incredible customers and an outstanding workforce in the state,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Operations.
“We are excited to grow in support of the more than 65,000 authors, sellers, and developers in Michigan who are growing their businesses and reaching new customers via Amazon’s products and services.”
Michigan Economic Development Corporation Chief Business Development Officer and Executive Vice President, Jennifer Nelson, said: “Michigan’s logistical assets, reputation as a business-friendly state and the quality of talented workers offered compelling reasons for Amazon to expand its operations.
“As a state with a legacy of innovation, we are appreciative of Amazon’s pioneering spirit and look forward to a productive, long-term collaborative relationship.”
In separate news, Amazon has said it has more than 50,000 roles available to fill across its U.S. fulfilment network, and expects to make thousands of appointments at what it is calling the ‘Nation’s Largest Job Fair’.
Amazon Jobs Day will open 10 fulfilment centres across the US for candidates to take a tour, learn more about working at Amazon and see the jobs in person
Potential job seekers can apply for a role on-site at Amazon Jobs Day events, speak to company representatives and receive an on-the-spot job offer
“We’re excited to be creating great jobs that offer highly-competitive wages, benefits starting on day one and the chance for employees to go back to school through our Career Choice programme,” said John Olsen, Vice President of Amazon’s Worldwide Operations Human Resources.
On August 2, we are excited to host interested candidates to come learn more about the technology we utilise in our operations, see our dedicated onsite classrooms, meet employees and, if interested, apply for a job at our site and receive an on-the-spot job offer.”
Airbus Expanding Local Supply Chain in China
The reshaping of Airbus’ global supply chain during the pandemic will shift greater focus to China, the world’s fastest growing aviation market, according to China Daily.
Yang Xiaoyu, the company’s Head of Flyable Procurement in China and East Asia, says Airbus is building a “vertical integration supply chain” to source parts and materials, assemble, and deliver aircraft locally.
Yang Xiaoyu says the strategy will “lower costs of transportation and raise efficiency”, adding that Airbus will also work collaboratively with local Chinese suppliers to bring them “in line with global standards of Airbus”, strengthening its ties and capabilities across the territory.
China on Track to World’s Largest Aviation Market
Further expansion into China is unsurprising given the nation’s continuing emergence as the world’s economic superpower. It is steadily becoming the world’s biggest aviation market, and is a strategic territory to Airbus for deliveries and global production.
China already accounts for around a quarter of Airbus’s global commercial aircraft production, with more than 1,700 Airbus commercial jetliners in service in China as of the end of 2018. Even under the pandemic Airbus delivered 99 plane to China in 2020 and 64 in the first half of 2021, despite on-going disruption and widespread downturn in aviation.
China Central to Airbus Supply Chain Expansion
The country is also a strategic hotspot in Airbus’ global supply chain. The European aerospace giant established a final assembly line (FAL) in Tianjin, a port city in northeastern China, in 2008. It was the first to be built outside the borders of its four founding European countries - France, Germany, Spain and the UK.
It expanded the site to include a wide-body completion and delivery centre in 2017. In July 2021, the production site delivered the first Airbus A350 to China Eastern Airlines. George Xu, Airbus Executive Vice President and Airbus China CEO, said: “This is a new milestone in the long-term cooperation between China and Airbus, which further demonstrates Airbus’ commitment to the country.”
As of the end of June 2021, China Eastern Airlines operated an Airbus fleet of 413 aircraft, including 349 A320 Family aircraft, 55 A330 Family aircraft and nine A350 aircraft.
Today Airbus has around 200 Chinese suppliers. These include a composite manufacturing centre in Harbin, as well as engineering, customer support and training centres located in Beijing.
Top image: Airbus / The first A350 delivered from China to China Eastern Airlines