Huntsman Corporation, a manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals, has opened its Asia Pacific Technology Centre in the Minhang Development Zone, Shanghai.
The new Centre will initially accommodate research and technical experts from Huntsman's Polyurethanes and Performance Products divisions, with the number of specialists expected to expand rapidly over the next few years. The ATC team will draw on the expertise of its counterparts at Huntsman's Technical Development Centres in Europe and the USA, to speed the introduction of new technology platforms into the Asia Pacific market. The company's team of regional specialists will provide extensive developmental and testing support to customers, providing custom-made solutions for Asia Pacific markets on a quick and efficient basis.
When opening the center Tony Hankins, president of Huntsman Polyurethanes said that innovation was the lifeblood of their business – underpinning everything they do. He added that polyurethanes is one of the fastest growing market sectors in China, registering double-digit growth during the past five years and Huntsman has played an active role in developing the Chinese polyurethanes industry for more than 25 years.
Don Stanutz, president of Huntsman Performance Products stated that the company planned to develop a highly trained team of home-grown technical specialists at the ATC which is 'best in class'.