Lego Group, one of the world’s largest toy manufacturers, has announced plans to expand its manufacturing facility in Jiaxing, China. The factory, which opened in 2016 and currently employees 1,200 staff, will increase in size by 42,000m2. The expansion is scheduled to be completed in 2024 and will include a new automated high bay warehouse, a moulding facility and a building for processing Lego elements.

Richard Wong, senior vice-president and general manager, Asia manufacturing, at Lego Group explained in a company press release: “We are excited that the work to further expand our factory in Jiaxing has begun. Since opening the factory in 2016, we have built a world-class manufacturing facility with a highly skilled and motivated workforce. This investment will help us to continue to meet strong demand for Lego play experiences in China and Asia and continue to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow.”

In December 2021, Lego Group also announced plans to establish a $1bn carbon-neutral manufacturing facility in Vietnam. It will be located on a 44-hectare site in Binh Duong province and is expected to create up to 4,000 new jobs by 2036.