Henkel opens new Chinese adhesives facility
Henkel has opened what it claims to be the world's largest adhesives plant in Shanghai, China, to deliver its new adhesive technologies to the increasing number of customers in China and Asia.
Considered to be central manufacturing site for industrial adhesives in China and the Asia-Pacific region, the new "Dragon Plant" spreads across 150,000m² and will serve the automotive industry and various consumer goods sectors.
The €50m plant will manufacture 428,000mt per annum of adhesives and is expected to create 600 new jobs.
Henkel Group management board chairman Kasper Rorsted said the new adhesives plant will contribute significantly to the company's strategy.
"It will enable our adhesives business to expand and leverage its global reach, and win market share in emerging markets," Rorsted added.
The "Dragon Plant" features condensed water recovery systems, which reduce water use, and waste heat recovery systems.
The facility also features new filling equipment to prevent leaks and spills of adhesives, as well as special translucent roofs, which cut electricity usage for factory lighting by 90%.
Henkel adhesive technologies executive vice president Jan-Dirk Auris said the launch of the Dragon Plant is an important milestone for the company and its customers.
"Having this larger production facility brings us closer to our customers in the region, not just geographically but also by reinforcing our commitment to partnering for innovation and mutual success," Auris added.
In 1990, Henkel had opened its first manufacturing plant in China.
One of Henkel's financial targets for the year 2016 is to increase the sales generated in emerging markets to €10bn, while aiming for total sales of €20bn, according to the company.
Image: With the factory, Henkel is responding to the rising demand for industrial adhesive technologies in China and the Asia-Pacific region. Photo courtesy of Henkel.