SELTERS, GERMANY (May 22, 4 p.m. ET) — German plastic and steel transport packaging manufacturer Schutz GmbH & Co. has built its second plant in China, in the northeastern city of Tianjin, to expand the company's geographic footprint in the country.
The facility is manufacturing both intermediate bulk containers, which can be blow molded, and plastic drums, with an initial workforce of 50 people. The Tianjin factory joins the company's first Chinese facility, in Shanghai.
The Selters, Germany–based company said in a May 21 news release that the Tianjin plant can produce IBCs that meet food-grade standards and said its location will help reduce transport times to northeast China. The plant sits on a 50,000 square meter site.
The company in April also announced it had expanded its joint venture in São Paolo, Brazil.
The facility, Schutz Vasitex Industria de Embalagens Ltda., added capacity for IBC and drum reconditioning and installed a new continuous blow molding and extrusion line used to make its F1 polyethylene drums.
Schutz has 3,000 employees and 38 factories around the world.