Italy's De Nora has officially opened the expansion and upgrade of its factory in Suzhou Industrial Park, China.
The investment of more than US$10 million will allow the company to meet the growing demand for its electrode and water technology products in China and throughout the Asia Pacific region.
“This investment is part of our commitment to meet the growing demand for high quality electrochemical technologies across China and the region,” said De Nora CEO Paolo Dellachà. “Not only is our expansion and upgrade tapping into China’s thriving manufacturing industry, it is also proof of our continuous efforts to deliver from our Suzhou plant high quality products to customers across Asia.”
The expansion, which has been ergonomically designed to help deliver greater efficiencies throughout the assembly process, includes a new assembly area for the production of De Nora’s electrode and water technologies including BALPURE® Ballast Water Treatment, SANILEC® and SEACLOR® Seawater Electrochlorination and ClorTec® On-site Sodium Hypochlorite Generators.
The state-of-the-art workshop has a dedicated quarantine area for the manufacturing of solutions designed for the disinfection of drinking water.
The factory’s coating workshop also underwent a significant upgrade of both proprietary process equipment and supporting utilities, doubling its annual coating output.
De Nora chief technology officer Alberto Cominelli, who oversaw the entire project, said that the factory saw many upgrades over the last year that have greatly improved the plant’s overall environment, health and safety.
“In order for us to continue our legacy of leading industry innovation, we are focused on investing in local infrastructure and technology, our products and our people. I am confident that these developments for our Suzhou plant will drive our growth to greater heights,” said Cominelli.
Danilo Parini, De Nora’s regional chief officer Asia, said that the plant plays a crucial role in the company’s plans for the Asian market.
“China plays a strategic role for our business in Asia, with manufacturing facilities here in Suzhou as well as Jinan. This investment will see us improve the current capacity at our Suzhou plant, ensuring we continue to meet best practice manufacturing standards across our electrochemical and water technologies applications.”