Corning Accelerates Flow Reactor Commercialization with New Manufacturing Operation in China
Corning received support to establish a headquarters and build infrastructure, including a technology development center and a manufacturing operation in the Changzhou region.
Corning Inc. recently announced that its subsidiary, Corning Singapore Holdings Private Limited, has signed an investment agreement with the Changzhou government in China to establish a new headquarters for Corning’s Advanced-Flow™ Reactors (AFR) business in Changzhou Science and Education Town. As part of the agreement, Corning received support to establish a headquarters and build the infrastructure for the business, including a technology development center and a manufacturing operation in the Changzhou region.
Concurrently, Corning announced the establishment of Corning Advanced-Flow Reactor Technology Co., Ltd. to manage Corning’s global AFR business. Corning expects to complete the reactor manufacturing facility before the end of this year and have the new headquarters fully operational by late 2020.
“This is a significant opportunity for us,” said Yi Jiang, Ph.D., president and general manager of Corning Advanced-Flow Reactor Technology. “Establishing our AFR business headquarters in Changzhou will enable us to operate more effectively in China, which is the leading global market for flow reactor application technologies. It will also position us to be near our customers in the region, give us the ability to focus more attention on customer value realization, and grow larger faster.”
Corning has had a presence in China for 38 years and plans to strengthen its presence in the region with the establishment of this new entity. Corning reports that it has successfully promoted AFR innovation in China over the last eight years by investing in comprehensive marketing, building a technical demonstration center in Changzhou, collaborating with local universities, and focusing on the regional development of talent.
“Corning’s AFR technology provides inherently safer chemical process solutions to China’s pharmaceutical and chemical industries, which have been growing quickly over the past few years,” said Li Fang, president and general manager of Corning Greater China. “China has committed to high-quality development and inherently safer manufacturing practices in future economic and regulatory initiatives, and Corning is ready to help deliver on that commitment.”
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