"The Huaibei facility is a huge milestone for Orion. The state-of-the-art plant enables us to better support our Chinese customers with products that are made in China," Orion CEO Corning Painter in a statement. "Now we can reallocate production lines in the U.S. and Europe so that we can increase supply to customers in those markets."
Orion, a Houston-based specialty chemicals company, christened the new plant in Huaibei, China—a city located within the Anhui province—on Nov. 17. The products it manufactures will serve industries such as rubber, coatings, polymers, printing inks and fiber.
The new plant is Orion's second in China. The other, located in Qingdao, in eastern part of the country, was established in 1994 and manufactures carbon black grades for tires, mechanical rubber goods and specialty applications.