QINGPU, China—Chem-Trend together with Kluber Lubrication, part of the Freudenberg Chemical Specialties business group, is expanding its facility in Qingpu, about 30 miles west of Shanghai.
The project is expected to cost $24 million and take three years to complete.
Chem-Trend said there is a plan to increase capacity at the manufacturing facility, add an extended warehouse and additional bulk storage.
The firms will add a new research and development center along with additional training and administration facilities. The center is expected to include areas for application testing and engineering, as well as special laboratories dedicated to release agents, process aids and lubricants.
The facility is expected to have a 16-acre footprint at the end of the expansion, Chem-Trend said.
“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.”
The Qingpu facility opened in 2008 and produces process chemical specialties including release agents, specialty lubricants and other related manufacturing process aids.
Chem-Trend is a global organization focusing on solutions to improve quality, reduce costs and boost the productivity of molding and casting operations. A member of the Freudenberg Group, Chem-Trend serves global manufacturers through offices in North America, South America, Asia and Europe.