Production at Western Reserve Chemical Corp.'s recently formed Chinese joint venture likely will begin by the end of November or December.
Construction of Qingdao Auxiliary Chemical Co. Ltd.'s chemical plant in Qingdao, China, has reached a stage where the facility can begin producing some accelerators in granular and powder form, such as TMTD, by the end of 2005, according to Western Reserve President Ron Anderson.
He anticipates the factory will be complete and at full production in the spring. It will then produce other sulfenamide accelerators, including MBT, MBTS and CBS.
Most of the accelerators will be shipped from China to Western Reserve's warehouses in Akron, Atlanta and Los Angeles, he said at the Rubber Expo, held Nov. 1-3 in Pittsburgh.
``Everything is going smoothly (at the site),'' Anderson said. ``It's nice to be a producer rather than a distributor. We're more streamlined than our competitors and more competitive in the marketplace without layers and layers of overhead.''
Stow, Ohio-based Western Reserve had been strictly a distributor that owned a good deal of technology it used to have its chemicals toll-manufactured at plants in the Midwest and Southwest.
It then joined with two Chinese partners-Rokem International Ltd., an importer-exporter, and Feng Xuan Liu, who owns two chemical factories in China-to form Qingdao Auxiliary Chemical.
Close to 200 people will be employed at the large complex of buildings once the construction project is completed.