DETROIT—Additives maker SI Group is opening a new plant making Weston 705-brand antioxidants in Danyang, China.
The plant will begin making the liquid phosphite antioxidant in May, official with Schenectady, N.Y.-based SI said April 14 during a media conference call. The call was held during the Chinaplas 2021 trade show, which was being held in Shenzhen.
"This is an investment we're making around having a global presence and local manufacturing," senior vice president Joey Gullion said. "It's one more step toward our goal of putting manufacturing where growth is."
Previously, SI had supplied the Chinese market with Weston 705 from a U.S. plant in Morgantown, W.Va. Officials declined to provide production or investment details for the Danyang plant. Gullion said the process of getting some regulatory approvals was slowed down by the COVID-19 pandemic, but SI "had done most of the legwork" for the plant before the pandemic.