Lanzhou, Gansu – Chinese water-based polyurethane company SciSky started four polyurethane condom lines at its site in Lanzhou, Gansu on January 8.
The four lines, each with 100m unit/year capacity, are the project’s first phase. Another six lines with the same capacity are scheduled to start in June, according to local newspaper Gansu Daily.
The facility has a total area of 133,000 m2 and broke ground in August 2016, as UTECH-polyurethane.com reported at the time. It will produce condoms with a thickness of 0.01mm under the company’s own label, Zhongchuan 001.
China’s condom market was 11bn units in 2017, and was growing by more than 15% a year, according to local reports. Polyurethane products account for less than 1% of the market.
According to Gansu Daily, Scisky was the world’s third company to have developed technology for polyurethane condom production. It follows on from two Japanese firms, where PU condoms account for 60% of the market, said Gansu Daily.