Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today that its subsidiary, Corning Singapore Holdings Private Limited, 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 Dr. Yi Jiang, president and general manager, Corning Advanced-Flow Reactor Technology Co., Ltd. “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. The new entity will strengthen the company’s presence in the region. As a global leader in flow reactor technology, Corning 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.
Compared with traditional batch reactors, Corning’s reactors enable at least 100 times enhancement in mixing; 1,000 times improvement in heat transfer performance; and seamless, efficient scale-up from the lab to full-scale production of chemicals for the pharmaceutical, specialty, and fine chemical industries.
“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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