New $24-million, state-of-the-art R&D center opens in Qingpu, China
Increased customer demand drives China-based innovations with Freudenberg Chemical Specialities’ expansion project for Klüber Lubrication and Chem-Trend
A new state-of-the-art research and development center, as well as administration and training facilities, recently opened in Qingpu, China, near Shanghai. The $24-million expansion project houses Klüber Lubrication and Chem-Trend, the specialty lubricants and high-performance release agent businesses of the Freudenberg Chemical Specialities group, allowing the companies to better meet the ever-increasing demands of local customers for cutting-edge innovations and technology.
The current production site in Qingpu was opened in 2008. The plant produces specialty lubricants, high-performance mold release agents and processing aids for automotive applications, conventional and renewable energy production, general industry, the textile, apparel and shoe industry, construction business, the transportation industry and many others.
The new R&D center consists of test areas for application testing and engineering as well as special laboratories for Chem-Trend release agents and process aids and Klüber Lubrication specialty lubricants. Further expansion is planned for manufacturing facilities, an extended warehouse and bulk storage capacities. By project’s end, the site will encompass some 66,000 square meters, rendering it the largest sales and manufacturing site in Asia for Klüber Lubrication and Chem-Trend.