Bayer MaterialScience to step up customer focus in Asia
Bayer MaterialScience has commenced construction work to expand its Polymer Research and Development Centre (PRDC) in Pudong, Shanghai. When completed, the PRDC will be Bayer MaterialScience’s first facility in Asia Pacific to host technical development and research facilities for its four business units operating in the region: Polyurethanes; Polycarbonates; Coatings, Adhesives, Sealants; and Thermoplastic Polyurethanes. Each of these business units will have the full capacity to provide technical service, new application development, as well as training for staff and customers. “The PRDC is a visible expression of Bayer MaterialScience’s commitment to innovation and customer partnership in China,” notes Dr Juergen Dahmer, Bayer MaterialScience President for the Greater China region. “For the first time, we will have at the same location world-class facilities to provide technical service, application development, and training for all four of our business units operating in Asia Pacific. Our investment in this expansion project also reflects our goal to continuously invest in the latest and most state-of-the-art facilities for this centre.” As part of the expansion project, two new buildings to house technical facilities for the Polyurethanes and Coatings business units will be constructed adjacent to the PRDC’s existing facilities at the Jinqiao Export Processing Zone, while an existing warehouse will be extended. With the expansion, Bayer MaterialScience will more than double the area of the PRDC. In addition to the Shanghai-based facility, Bayer MaterialScience also operates a laboratory for adhesive materials in Guangzhou in southern China. This laboratory, which has been operational since 2004, focuses on the testing and development of adhesive raw materials for the footwear, furniture, automotive and sealants industry.