Citadel Plastics Holdings Inc. (West Chicago, IL, US), a global provider of thermoplastic and engineered composite compounds, reported on Jan. 13 that it has opened a new manufacturing facility in Changshu, a city in the Jiangsu Province of China, as part of a joint venture with EMEI Group.
Citadel says the site will better serve its current automotive and electrical customers in the northern region outside Shanghai, while allowing the company to expand its reach.
“The new Changshu site is a prime opportunity for Citadel to continue our successful partnership with EMEI, provide improved local customer support and response, and expand our Engineered Composites footprint in China,” says Mike Huff, CEO of Citadel. The company’s Dongguan facility, located in southern China outside Hong Kong, opened in 1998.
The Changshu site, known locally as BMC Composite Materials (Changshu) Co. Ltd., will have 25 employees in place this year. It has begun production of bulk molding compound (BMC), part of Citadel’s legacy composites business.
“Location is key, whether you’re buying a home or building a business,” says Kevin Andrews, president, Citadel Engineered Composites. “Simply put, we can better service our customers by being closer to them geographically. We want Citadel’s compounds to be both available and accessible in the region.”
The new plant is 3,700 m2 and can expand its manufacturing capabilities to include sheet molding compound (SMC) and thermoplastics to meet future market needs.
“We welcome this opportunity to collaborate with Citadel once again and are looking forward to getting the Changshu facility operating at full production,” says Johnny Lo, director, EMEI Group.
Citadel’s Dongguan plant employs 60 and currently manufactures BMC for the appliance, electrical and automotive markets.