China tech center serves composite development needs in China

Huntsman Corporation (Salt Lake City, UT) has opened its Asia Pacific Technology Center (ATC) in Shanghai's Minhang Economic & Technological Development Zone. Huntsman is a supplier of various thermosetting resin systems for use in composites and adhesives based on chemistries such as epoxy and polyurethane. Markets served include aerospace, automotive, marine, sports and leisure, and wind energy.

The event was hosted by Huntsman's Founder and Chairman, Jon M. Huntsman and its CEO Asia Pacific, Anthony P. Hankins. The new $40 million facility forms an integrated technology and innovation campus together with the existing technology center that was opened in September 2008. The state-of-the-art facility includes machine halls, laboratories and offices and can accommodate up to 400 technical experts. It will complement existing technology centers in The Woodlands, Texas, and Brussels, Belgium as well as smaller regional centers.

Hankins commented: "The Asia Pacific ATC investment reflects Huntsman's long-term commitment to grow in partnership with our customers in this key market. We now have a world-class technology facility in Shanghai, employing talented local scientists, developing fit-for-purpose applications that are suited to the specific needs of our customers across the region. We started construction of the facility in February 2012 and in close cooperation with Shanghai Minhang United Development Co. Ltd. and the Government of Minhang District, the Center was completed on schedule in June."