01 July 2007
01 July 2007
Alcan will invest in a new conversion centre in Shanghai, China to serve the fast-growing Chinese and Asia-Pacific composites market. The new facility will be fully operational in the first quarter of 2008.
“This new conversion centre will enable Alcan to offer leading-edge composite core material and will allow us to improve our lead times and services to our customers in the rapidly expanding Chinese and Asia-Pacific wind energy, marine and mass transportation markets,” said Pierre Monéton, President, Product Market Unit, Core Materials, Alcan Composites.
The new greenfield conversion centre is under construction in the Tangzhen industrial area in Shanghai, China. It is currently being equipped for the transformation of AIREX plastic foam and BALTEK balsa-based core materials used by fabricators to make innovative sandwich structure solutions. In addition to the transformation capacity, the new centre will include sales and technical services to provide Alcan’s customers with local market knowledge and expertise. When fully operational, the new conversion centre will employ 40 people.
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