Add to the list of companies opening facilities in Asia GE Plastics, Watlow, DuPont Performance Elastomers (DPE), Dimension 3D Printing Group, and Arburg. Here are the details:
- Built to help Korean and Asia-Pacific customers in automotive, LCD, and cellular phone markets develop their applications, GE Plastics’ new Korea Technology Center in Sungnam City, Korea is the seventh Global Application Technology (GAPT) center worldwide. The new 2000m² facility houses GAPT laboratories, injection molding equipment, a part testing lab, and a virtual lab for real-time collaboration with other GE facilities.
- DPE is also aiming to support its Asian market by opening a new business entity in China: DuPont Performance Elastomers Trading (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. Like the company’s other labs in the United States, Europe, and Japan, the Shanghai R&D facility contains equipment for running trials and simulating conditions of use. It also has compounding, processing, and property testing capabilities.
- Dimension 3D Printing Group (a business unit of Stratasys Inc.) has also opened a new office in Shanghai, and announced reseller agreements with seven China-based partners that will distribute Dimension’s products in that area.
- Industrial heater, sensor, control, and software supplier Watlow celebrated the opening of its new manufacturing facility in—you guessed it—Shanghai on Oct. 30, which was sited there to serve the local market.
- Arburg inaugurated its 20th subsidiary in Shenzhen, China with a traditional lion dance, facility tours, and a banquet. The 500m² (5400-ft²) facility includes a test center for customer use, presentation space, an applications technology area, a spare parts warehouse, and offices for management, sales, and finance. The subsidiary’s manager, Max Man, has 11 employees covering that Chinese region. Arburg’s Hong Kong subsidiary also supports the Shenzhen team.