Guangzhou—Subway construction in Suzhou could not have come at a better time for Reifenhäuser (Troisdorf, Germany), whose Chinese manufacturing plant for blown film lines lies within the city limits. Six years after start-up at Suzhou, the facility is in the process of shipping its last two lines. Reifenhäuser had acquired an adjacent site for expansion but the local government is now taking back land including Reifenhäuser's existing site due to its proximity to an under-construction subway line.
This in fact turns out to be an opportune turn of events for Reifenhäuser, given it was planning to reassess its strategy in China. "It might take three to four more months longer than initially intended but this gives us the opportunity to relocated to a single larger site, says Singapore-base Reifenhäuser Private Ltd. managing director Jürgen Rehkopf, who was speaking to PlasticsToday at the Chinaplas show in Guangzhou. "Whatever we do, it will be based on high-tech solutions," adds Rehkopf....