Shanghai, China - Global chemical manufacturer and MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) producer Huntsman Corp. has announced the official opening of its new Asia Pacific (APAC) Technology Centre (ATC) in Shanghai's Minhang Development Zone, the company said 2 September. Huntsman said the new centre "will give regional customers direct access to a world-class technology innovation resource."
The company said that initially the centre will accommodate research and technical experts from Huntsmans Polyurerthane and Performance divisions, saying "the ATC team will draw on the expertise of its counterparts at Huntsmans Technical Development Centres in Europe and the USA, to speed the introduction of new technology platforms in the Asia Pacific market."
"Innovation is the lifeblood of our business - it underpins everything we do. With the opening of this excellent new facility, we are strengthening our commitment to customers in this key growth market, because now we can satisfy their technology needs on a more timely basis," said Tony Hawkins, president of Huntsman Polyurethanes, who opened the centre.
"We plan to develop a highly trained team of home-grown technical specialists at the ATC which is 'best in class'. Huntsman will continue to invest in this facility, bringing in new people and equipment, further developing its capability. As the Asia Pacific region and particularly China represents the highest growth rate globally for the performance products business, we are excited about the new ATC and look forward to growing our presence and our intellectual property assets in the region in the coming years."