The Qingpu facility, located approximately 30 miles west of downtown Shanghai, opened in 2008 and currently produces process chemical specialities including release agents, speciality lubricants and other related manufacturing process aids.

The companies say that the expansion includes a new research and development centre that will enable the company to develop distinct product solutions for customers in the region. The investment also includes training and administration facilities.

There is also a plan to increase capacity at the manufacturing facility. An extended warehouse and additional bulk storage provisions are part of the investment as well. By the end of the expansion project, the Qingpu site is expected to have a 16-acre footprint.

The project is expected to take three years to complete and a total investment of more than RMB150 million (roughly $24 million). The new R&D centre will provide areas for application testing and engineering, as well as special laboratories dedicated to release agents, process aids and lubricants.

“Customer proximity and hands-on customer service have always been at the core of our successful global growth,” said Devanir Moraes, Chem-Trend president and CEO. “The new R&D center in Qingpu will enable us to better meet the ever-increasing requirements of our local customers for tailor-made answers to their specific manufacturing needs.”