06 October 2008
06 October 2008
The new Menzolit compounding plant, which opened on September 16, 2008 in Shanghai, will be dedicated to production of materials for Chinese and other Asian markets.
The arrival of this new plant, which represents a major commitment to the industry in China, creates a new local opportunity for cooperation between Menzolit and long-time industry partner DSM Composite Resins, which has resin production facilities in nearby Nanjing. DSM Composite Resins already supplies resins and other ingredient products used in the SMC-BMC compounding process to Menzolit’s four production facilities in Europe. With the opening of the new Shanghai plant, this relationship will expand to China.
Together, the two companies will work to support and educate the local market, with the aim of developing high standards for production quality as they previously have done for the industry in Europe.
“Our global customers are truly global, and expect the same level of quality standards in every market. They want a supplier they can trust.” said Peter Stachel, Director of Technology at Menzolit. He believes the potential benefits for the SMC-BMC industry will flow in both directions between the emerging market in China and the more established SMC-BMC European market. “There is the possibility for the development of new applications in China that may be of great benefit to the European market” Stachel added.
According to Fons Harbers, Business Manager Automotive at DSM Composite Resins, “The arrival of Menzolit in Shanghai brings an important piece to the local SMC industry and its value chain in China. Mutual support from DSM and Menzolit will help professionalise the complete value chain, creating new opportunities for everyone involved.”
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