As multinational material suppliers continue to open and expand research and development centers in Shanghai, Chinese compounder Zhejiang Juner New Materials Co. Ltd. announced that it will open an R&D center in Shanghai in March.
Juner's existing technology center is at its headquarters in Wenzhou, China, and is staffed with more than 30 engineers and technicians.
``Shanghai attracts the best talent in the industry,'' General Manager Zhijie Huang said. ``They aren't always willing to relocate to our city. That's why we are setting up the office in Shanghai.''
Wenzhou is about a six-hour drive from Shanghai. Huang expects to hire about 10 at the Shanghai office.
Juner's plant in Wenzhou makes 44 million pounds of compounds a year, with capacity for 66 million pounds. The company is purchasing land to expand the current campus of 215,300 square feet. The overall production capacity will reach 110 million pounds by 2010, Huang said at APPLAS, the Asian-Pacific International Plastics and Rubber Industry Exhibition, held Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 in Shanghai.
Nylon compounds are Juner's primary product, representing 50 percent of the company's sales. The company also makes polycarbonate compounds, PC alloys and polypropylene compounds.
Huang said environmental protection is gaining popularity as a sales theme.
``Domestic companies are making efforts to comply with the [European] Restriction of Hazardous Substance directive and other regulations, in order to be able to replace imported materials.''
Juner has QC 080000 Hazardous Materials Management Certification, which is rare in the Chinese compounding industry, Huang said.
``It's important to have a strict quality-control system. Many companies make our products, but they fail to maintain stable quality,'' he said.
Juner reports annual sales of 300 million yuan ($40.6 million).