30 April 2008
30 April 2008
On April 18 the new Conversion plant of Alcan Composites Core Materials Shanghai was officially inaugurated with the presence of local officials and the management of Alcan Composites and Alcan Engineered Products, Asia.
The plant is located in the Shanghai Tangzhen Industrial Zone and currently employs 30 employees. It is already operational and is equipped with dedicated lines for the transformation of Airex and Baltek core materials. The offering to customers will include linear and cross-linked PVC foams, copolymer foam, thermoplastic polyethylene (PET), industrial urethane foams (PUR), fibre-reinforced polyurethane and high-performance PEI foams as well as balsa based cored materials. Besides this range of core materials for structural sandwich applications, Alcan Composites Core Materials is now also present with a local sales & technical services organization and enables to maximise growth opportunities in the fast developing Asian Pacific market.
“The new conversion center is a clear manifestation of our global Core Materials growth strategy put into action. As part of a number of initiatives, it will enable to increase our participation in the fast developing Asian Pacific markets.” said Pierre Monéton, President Alcan Composites Core Materials. “This new facility will enable us to offer leading-edge composite core materials and will improve our lead times and services to our customers in the rapidly expanding Chinese and Asia-Pacific wind energy and mass transportation markets,” said Thibault de Kalbermatten, General Manager Alcan Composites Core Materials Shanghai. “With our product range consisting of not only plastic material but also naturally grown balsa, we think that we can contribute to the development of renewable energy in China” he added.
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