MARIETTA, Ga. (Jan. 16)—Columbian Chemicals Co. is establishing an Asian headquarters at its Seoul, South Korea, office as part of a plan to boost the carbon black producer´s presence in the region. The move comes less than a year after the company bought a majority share of Columbian Carbon Japan and established Columbian Chemicals Philippines Distribution Co., which were done to enhance the firm´s sales, warehousing and distribution efforts in Asia, according to Dietmar Voss, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. The firm also will upgrade its laboratory at Columbian Chemical Korea´s Yosu plant; create a new technical service unit to better serve Asia´s growing demand for rubber and specialty carbon blacks; and close its office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which it opened in 1997, because, with its Asian operations headquartered in Seoul, it serves very little purpose.
Columbian Chemicals sets up Asian headquarters
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