Free-Flow Packaging Corp. has expanded into the Asian market by opening a facility in Shanghai, China. The company, in conjunction with Montrose International, has leased a building to manufacture and distribute polystyrene loosefill.
Montrose, a Greenwich, Conn.-based company, will sell and distribute the loosefill product, according to Dennis Fernandez, chief financial officer and director of international activities of Free-Flow.
``Initially, Free-Flow will target export businesses located in the Wai Goa Qino Free Trade Zone, such as electrical and pharmaceutical companies,'' Fernandez said.
``There's a long-term economic potential in China, so many companies are there. This is a beginning step in China for us. We expect to have a number of facilities there.
``Eventually, we will expand into China's vast domestic market,'' he said.
Free-Flow, based in Redwood City, Calif., has shipped equipment to the new plant and is training Chinese operations staff. The company said it expects to begin full operation early next year.
Free-Flow will ship 8-Pak-brand PS bead from Atlanta, where it is manufactured, to China, where it will be expanded. It is more economic and efficient to ship the beads, said Virginia Lyle, manager of environmental and public affairs.
The 8-Pak loosefill is not made from 100 percent recycled content, as are Free-Flow's other products are; it has 10 percent recycled content.