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In September 2013, Henkel opened the world’s largest adhesives factory in Shanghai, China.
The factory, which Henkel has dubbed the “Dragon Plant” at Henkel takes up 150,000 square meters and is now the central production site for industrial adhesives in China and the Asia-Pacific region. Customers from the automotive industry and various consumer goods sectors are being served by the new adhesives plant and annual output is forecast to reach up to 428,000 metric. Henkel has invested around 50 million euros in the plant which is the 15th adhesives factory from Henkel China.
Henkel expanded its production facilities with the Dragon Plant factory. The state-of-the-art adhesives facility enables the company to meet the rapidly growing demand in China and the Asia-Pacific region for its industry-leading adhesives. Henkel is concentrating its existing adhesives production operations at the “Shanghai Chemical Industry Park” in Greater Shanghai, significantly expanding its capacities for current and future technologies. The move to the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park is part of the company’s ongoing program to optimize and consolidate its global production network.
The Dragon Plant is a model for sustainability and efficiency. Compared to a traditional production plant, it uses only half the amount of water, thanks to condensed water recovery systems. Recycling has reduced the volume of packaging materials by 60 percent, and electricity usage for factory lighting has been cut by 90 percent due to special translucent roofs which let the daylight in.
"The Dragon Plant is now driving our global business forward, strengthening our customer relationships and giving our brands more power in the Asia-Pacific region."
Jan-Dirk Auris (Executive Vice President Adhesive Technologies, left), Dr. Simone Bagel-Trah (Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board) and Kasper Rorsted (Chairman of the Management Board) at the “Dragon Plant” opening ceremony in Shanghai.
In his speech during the opening ceremony, Kasper Rorsted, Chairman of the Management Board of the Henkel Group, pointed out that the new adhesives factory will make a significant contribution to achieving the strategy for 2016.
Jan-Dirk Auris, Executive Vice President Adhesive Technologies
“The inauguration of the Dragon Plant is an important milestone for us and our customers. Having this larger production facility brings us closer to our customers in the region, not just geographically but also by reinforcing our commitment to partnering for innovation and mutual success.”
Faruk Arig, President of Henkel China
“The new state-of-the-art adhesives facility will enable us to cope with the rapidly growing demand in China and the Asia-Pacific region for its industry leading adhesives. The new adhesives factory is also a result of the company’s efforts to further optimize its overall manufacturing activities by concentrating on higher performance factories that will generate more significant cost, productivity, efficiency and sustainability advantages.”
Edward Gao, Director of Operations for Adhesive Technologies in China
On sustainability on the Dragon Plant:
“The Dragon Plant was designed with sustainability in mind. It has been aligned to make operations more environmentally compatible as the new adhesives factory will set a high industry standard for its high operational efficiency, low energy and water consumption as well as low carbon emissions. The Dragon Plant has a number of best-in-class environment and efficiency measures, including a system that recycles 100 per cent of waste heat from air compressors, and loading bays that eradicate the risk of leaks and spills. Our factory doesn’t just produce innovations: It is an innovation.”
Rolf Knörzer, Vice President Operations & Supply Chain Asia Pacific Global Transport and Metals
“The Dragon Plant is not just another adhesives factory in China, it is a benchmark plant. Our vision was to build a plant that enables us to serve our customers with best quality products while setting highest priority on safety and sustainability. Today, I can tell you, we made this vision come true. With the Dragon Plant, Henkel’s adhesives production facility in China will significantly expand capacities for existing and new technologies while at the same time setting a new benchmark on safety and environmentally compatible standards.”
Sharpin Zou, Start-up Manager Dragon Plant
On the name of the Dragon Plant:
“The Dragon is one of China’s national symbols, and is deeply rooted in Chinese tradition and culture. It represents success and a future with great destiny. That is why we have named our new adhesives factory the Dragon Plant”.
Sugar Geng, Quality Assurance Manager Dragon Plant
On customer audits for quality, environment and health:
“The Dragon Plant will supply Henkel products to 2,000 customers, so it’s vital to have all of its quality, environmental and health management systems certified by our partners. The internationally recognized certifications provide official recognition that the Dragon Plant meets the very highest standards for sustainability, and ensure that the people working in the factory remain safe, healthy, and ready to deliver Henkel’s products to the world.”