Henkel opens ‘world’s largest’ adhesives factory in Shanghai

Henkel A.G. and Co. has opened a new adhesives factory in Shanghai. The company claims the plant is the largest of its kind in the world.

RubberNews.com reports that the factory measures over 1.6 million square feet and has an annual capacity of 428,000 metric tons. It cost the company almost US$68 million ($71.53 million) to build and will employ around 600 people.

According to a strategy for 2016, Henkel intends to expand its presence in the emerging markets of China and the Asia Pacific region and hopes the new plant, which it calls the 'Dragon Plant' will facilitate this strategy.

Henkel says that the new factory has condensed water recovery systems and will therefore use less water. In addition, the factory features translucent roofs which will cut its electrical lighting costs by 90 per cent.

And it has a system for recovering waste heat and filling equipment which is designed to prevent leaks and spills of adhesives.