US Huntsman with new Asia Pacific Technology Centre
On September 17, 2013 American Huntsman Corporation (chemical company, also textile effects) has officially opened its new Asia Pacific Technology Centre (ATC) in Shanghai’s Minhang Economic and Technological Development Zone
Host of the event was Huntsman’s Founder and Chairman, Jon M. Huntsman and its CEO Asia Pacific, Anthony P. Hankins. More than 300 customers, local authorities, suppliers, Huntsman employees and corporate officers attended the ceremony.
The new USD 40 million facility forms an integrated technology and innovation campus together with the existing technology centre that was opened in September 2008. The state-of-the-art facility includes machine halls, laboratories and offices and can accommodate up to 400 technical experts, and it will complement existing technology centres in The Woodlands, USA and Brussels, Belgium as well as smaller regional centres.
Tony Hankins stated: “The Asia Pacific ATC investment reflects Huntsman’s long term commitment to grow in partnershi8p with our customers in this key market. We now have a world class technology facility in Shanghai, employing talented local scientists, developing fit-for-purpose applications that are suited to the specific needs of our customers across the region. We started construction of the facility in February 2012, and in close cooperation with the Shanghai Minhang United Development Co. Ltd. and the Government of Minhang District, the centre was completed on schedule in June. We appreciate their strong commitment, and I sincerely thank them for all their support in the creation of this outstanding facility.”
Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2012 revenues of over USD 11 billion. Its chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to meet the needs of consumers and manufacturers serving a broad range of end markets. It operates more than 75 manufacturing and R&D facilities in 30 countries and employs around 12000 associates within five distinct business divisions.