Report by Liz White, editor
Polyurethane equipment specialist Hennecke GmbH opened a new facility in Xinzhuang Industry Park in Shanghai 5 Sept, a day ahead of the UTECH Asia/PU China event on the other side of the city.
Andrew Chan, general manager of Hennecke Machinery (Shanghai) Ltd (HMS), said the company’s €2 million ($2.75 million) investment in the 3500-m² plant was only the first step.
Growth is so high in the Asia Pacific region that Hennecke’s owners, investment group Adcuram, would like to see a further expansion, to allow the company to further exploit the 10- percent and above growth the PU sector is seeing in the region.
At the opening, Hennecke showed its latest project, a WKH oval conveyor automotive seating line the company has built for a seat maker in south Asia.
HMS’s purpose-built machine hall, labs and offices, will employ 50 to start with, but has space for an additional 20 personnel which Hennecke will start to recruit soon.
The site will form the German-based company’s competence centre for moulded foam for car seating and for refrigeration, another high-growth sector in China and Asia Pacific, said Chan.
Customers want local suppliers for complete high-end projects, Chan noted. With these new competence centres, Hennecke has the engineering, production management, and service skills to supply into these two key areas.
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