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Shanghai Sonner expanding, growing its US office

By: Rebecca Kanthor
PLASTICS NEWS CHINA

July 11, 2013

Feeder manufacturer Shanghai Sonner Machinery Co. Ltd. will expand its Shanghai facilities and grow its U.S. office, said general manager Peng Pai. The changes are part of the company's long-term development strategy, he said in an interview at the recent Chinaplas show in Guangzhou.

Sonner's Shanghai facilities will relocate within the next two years to a new space double the size of its current location. The 2,000-square-meter space is near the company's current location.

The increased space will be used for production, assembly and technical facilities.

Following the company's opening of a branch office in Akron, Ohio, last year, the company plans on launching sales and after-sales service in the office, as well as research and development.

"We have explored the American market [for] almost three years," said Peng. "This is a very strategic position for our western development." The company is hiring U.S. sales staff and engineers, and hopes to launch R&D by 2014.