11 December 2006
11 December 2006
Core materials manufacturer DIAB has announced that it will be opening its first kit manufacturing facility in China, the new purpose-built facility to be located alongside its existing Kunshan (Shanghai) operation and operational by the end of March 2007.
Commenting on the new facility, Johan Gralen, VP Sales & Marketing AAO, said, ""The investment in this new facility is further evidence of DIAB's commitment to the Asia region. Many of DIAB's European and North American customers have long enjoyed the tangible benefits that kits bring to their businesses. Now DIAB can provide those benefits to our Chinese customers.""
Asia continues to be an area of strategic importance for DIAB. It is currently the fastest growing region for the company with particularly high growth rates in the marine, wind energy and surface transport markets.
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