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M.A. Hanna Co. of Cleveland is building a manufacturing facility in China to produce color and additive concentrates for automotive, packaging, consumer and wire and cable markets.

Hanna has a facility under construction in the Pu Dong district of Shanghai province, said the firm, whose Singapore-based business unit, Compounding Technology Pte. Ltd. (CTi), exhibited at Aseanplas.

Construction will be complete by midyear, and production is scheduled to begin by September, according to Garth Henry, vice president of international operations for Hanna. Henry spoke in a Feb. 6 telephone interview from Brussels, Belgium.

The new plant will operate as Hanna Wilson Polymer (Shanghai) Ltd. It will produce small batches and specialty colorant and additive concentrates for a wide variety of applications.Henry declined to discuss the plant's capacity, but said it will be an optimum-sized facility and will produce high-value-added products for Chinese markets.

The facility will be separate from Hanna Su Xing Plastics Co. Ltd., a joint venture compounding company Hanna plans to build in Suzhou, China.

Henry said Hanna Su Xing should be operating by the end of this year. The compounding facility is about 60 miles from the color and additives concentrates facility.

Both Hanna Su Xing and Hanna Wilson Polymer (Shanghai) will report to Jim Yuann, general manager of M.A. Hanna Asia. Yuann recently moved his office to Shanghai from Hong Kong.

Henry said the compounding and concentrates operations are parts of Hanna's strategy to be a global supplier to the plastics industry.