De Nora, a leading global electrochemical and water technology company, has unveiled its new expansion and upgrade of its factory in Suzhou Industrial Park.
The investment, which amounted above 10 million US dollars, will allow the company to meet the growing demand for its electrode and water technology products in China and throughout the Asia Pacific region, increasing production capacity by over 50 per cent each year.
Speaking at the opening ceremony last Thursday, De Nora Chief Executive Officer, Paolo Dellachà, said, “This investment is part of our commitment to meet the growing demand for high quality electrochemical technologies across China and the region.
“Not only is our expansion and upgrade tapping into China’s thriving manufacturing industry, it is also proof of our continuous efforts to deliver from our Suzhou plant high quality products to customers across Asia.”
The expansion includes a new assembly area for the production of De Nora’s major Electrodes and Water Technologies applications, such as BALPURE® Ballast Water Treatment, SANILEC® and SEACLOR® Seawater Electrochlorination and ClorTec® On-site Sodium Hypochlorite Generators. It has also been ergonomically designed to help deliver greater efficiencies throughout the assembly process ensuring a step by step quality control.
As part of De Nora’s dedication to achieving high quality production, the state-of-the-art workshop is equipped with a dedicated quarantine area for the manufacturing of solutions designed for the disinfection of drinking water, ensuring strict hygiene conditions throughout the entire production process as required by the Chinese regulations on drinking water apparatus.
The factory’s existing coating workshop also underwent a significant upgrade, of both proprietary process equipment and supporting utilities. The structural modifications along with the introduction of air scrubbing towers and air extractors maintain a high air change ratio throughout the building to help stabilize the highly-sensitive operation of electrode-coating. The changes will double the workshop’s annual coating output, further boosting the factory’s productivity levels and the quality of the electrodes.
Also at the opening, De Nora Chief Technology Officer Mr. Alberto Cominelli, who oversaw the entire project, stated that the factory saw many upgrades over the last year that had greatly improved the plant’s overall environment, health and safety (EHS).
Mr. Cominelli said, “In order for us to continue our legacy of leading industry innovation, we are focused on investing in local infrastructure and technology, our products and our people. I am confident that these developments for our Suzhou plant will drive our growth to greater heights.”
The company’s Regional Chief Officer Asia, Mr. Danilo Parini, added that the plant plays a crucial role in De Nora’s plans for the Asian market.
“China plays a strategic role for our business in Asia, with manufacturing facilities here in Suzhou as well as Jinan. This investment will see us improve the current capacity at our Suzhou plant, ensuring we continue to meet best practice manufacturing standards across our electrochemical and water technologies applications.”
De Nora China was first established in Ligang Town, Jiangyin City of Jiangsu Province in 1993, before moving to a larger greenfield factory in Suzhou Industrial Park in 2005. Its facilities are supported by three dedicated research and development centers for electrodes (in Italy, USA and Japan), as well as four centers of competence (in USA and Italy) for the development of water technology solutions, ensuring De Nora continues to deliver the latest cutting edge solutions for its customers across the world.
About De Nora
De Nora is an Italian multinational leader in sustainable technologies that offers energy saving products and water treatment solutions. Globally De Nora is a pioneer of electrodes for electrochemical processes (Chlorine & Caustic, Electronics & Surface Finishing, Pool Electrochlorination and Specialties) and is among the leaders in technologies and processes for the filtration and disinfection of water (industrial use, municipal water and wastewater, marine and offshore oil and gas). The Company has grown organically by continuous innovation and externally through major acquisitions in the USA, Japan, the United Kingdom and Italy. It serves clients in 119 countries and has a physical presence in 11 countries worldwide with 29 offices, including 13 manufacturing facilities, and three research & development centers in Italy, the USA and Japan. The Group intellectual property portfolio currently contains 344 patent families with more than 2,000 territorial extensions. For more information, visit www.denora.com.