Henkel has completed an adhesives manufacturing facility in Shanghai to provide for its increasing number of customers in China and other Asia-Pacific regions.
Named Dragon Plant, the plant is expected to cost over €50m and employ nearly 600 people in China. It features 150,000m² of space and has become the company’s central production site for industrial adhesives.
With an expected production capacity of up to 428,000t of adhesives a year, the new plant will cater to the needs of enterprises in the automotive industry and several consumer goods markets.
Concentrating on adhesives manufacturing operations is part of Henkel’s ongoing programme to consolidate and optimise its global manufacturing network.
Henkel adhesive technologies vice president Jan-Dirk Auris said the new plant represents 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," added Auris.
The new plant, which features condensed water recovery systems, consumes only half the water compared to traditional plants. It has special translucent roofs that help reduce electricity usage for factory lighting by 90%. It also includes a system for recovering waste heat. Filling equipment is designed to prevent adhesive leaks and spills.
Henkel operates globally with its brands and technologies in three business segments including laundry and home care, beauty care and adhesive technologies.