The Japanese joint venture of Rogers Inoac Corp. is preparing to launch its first production line for urethane materials in China.
The new line is slated to go into operation by the third quarter of 2004 at a factory in Suzhou owned by Rogers Corp. and its wholly owned unit Rogers Technologies Suzhou Co. Ltd.
Rogers Inoac is a 50-50 joint venture of Rogers-based Rogers and Inoac Corp. of Nagoya, Japan. The company already produces urethane materials under its own RIC trade name and Rogers' Poron for Asia, used in a variety of end markets. The China line also will mark the first production of Poron in China.
As manufacturing continues to ramp up in China, the demand is growing for urethane products. Rogers Inoac already is close to capacity, said Toshio Inukai, general manager of Rogers Inoac.
``RIC's new line will enable us to address the rapid growth of the use in Poron products in Asia through high-quality production in China,'' said Peter Kaczmarek, vice president for Rogers' high-performance foams division in a May 21 announcement on the plans.
The company has not released its expected investment costs.