Coperion GmbH has opened a new facility in Nanjing, China, to manufacture the STS and CTE twin-screw extruder series.
Coperion (Nanjing) Machinery Ltd. Co. relocated from its previous facility – which was rezoned by the local government – to the new plant in the Jiangning District.
Construction started in May 2014 and finished in June 2015 with a footprint of more than 161,459 square feet.
The company said the plant features advanced machinery production technology with engineering and manufacturing know-how from Coperion's headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, and an optimized, tailor-made workshop layout for highly efficient production.
Coperion's entire executive team attended the Nov. 18 inauguration ceremony, along with representatives from the local government, industry associations, and 150 customers and suppliers.
Coperion President Kimberly Ryan said the company has grown from a few employees in 1997 to almost 400 today. The move is in response to the importance of the markets in China and Asia, she added.
Joanne Shen, managing director of Coperion Nanjing, said: “Our new test lab, upgraded with a high-end extruder from Coperion's sophisticated ZSK Mc18 series and a wide variety of other equipment, displays Coperion's flexibility and commitment to our Nanjing plant and underscores high expectations for future development.”