Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, inaugurated its newly built Liquid Crystals Center China (LCCC) at Jinqiao Industrial Park
in Shanghai, China. The construction of the center, which integrates the liquid crystal mixing plant, LC lab and China LC business hub,started earlier this year and now has been completed.Trial operations are also set to begin this month and first deliveries to customers are planned for the first quarter 2014.
"China is clearly one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing regions worldwide, and a market with excellent future prospects,” Bernd Reckmann, member of Merck KGaA’s Executive Board with responsibility for the Performance Materials and Life Science Tools divisions, said. “Following the opening of our liquid crystals application laboratory in 2011 in Shanghai, we are now adding production activities. With this double-digit million euro investment, Merck KGaA is underscoring its market leadership position. which is based not only on technology leadership, but above all on proximity to customers and constructive cooperation with them.”
The new Shanghai mixing plant in LCCC is Merck KGaA’s fourth in Asia. Merck KGaA currently supplies its customers in China with LC products from mixing plants in Korea, Taiwan region and Japan.