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30th November 2018, Badineres

Porcher inaugurates new manufacturing site in China

Porcher Industries has celebrated the grand opening of its new Chinese manufacturing site on 22 November. The inauguration of Zhejiang Porcher Industries New Material marks the opening of a brand new Porcher Industries site in China and aims to demonstrate the company’s commitment and confidence in the region, its Chinese partners and the next chapter of growth for Porcher Industries as a global leader in technical textiles.

The 24,000 sqm site is located in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, China. The initial focus of its activity is the manufacture of 8 million sqm of material intended for airbag production, applying Porcher Industries’ expertise to driver safety and the automotive developments of the future. Looking ahead, the site, equipped with the advanced looms and coating machines, automatic control tension systems and weight control coating equipment, plans to offer a broader range of innovative technical textiles and thermoplastic solutions for the aerospace and industrial sectors.

Porcher Industries celebrated the grand opening of its new Chinese manufacturing site on 22 November. © Porcher Industries

The US$ 50 million cash investment, supported by the regional government and local development zone, has helped secure Porcher Industries’ place in one of the most dynamic economies in the world today.

The inauguration was led by André Genton, CEO, Porcher Industries; Peter Bentley, Managing Director, Per-Astra; and Ian Burgess, Managing Director, Warwick Capital.  Also in attendance were local officials from Jiaxing Port and Development Zone plus key customers, suppliers and local press.

“Ever since Porcher Industries’ creation in 1912, our group has been combining traditional know-how with a deep culture of innovation,” said André Genton. “Driven by our values – quality, ethics and efficiency – we lean on traditional skills and enhance them with new technologies. Indeed, constant innovation is the only way for us to maintain excellence within our processes and materials and contribution to industrial evolutions.”

The inauguration marks the opening of a brand new Porcher Industries site in China. © Porcher Industries

In his opening speech, André Genton also referred to the silk weaving traditions in Lyon, the original home of Porcher Industries, and those of China. “This same tradition forms the basis of a fruitful partnership between Lyon and China. This shared experience, along with China’s current economic position poised for a third industrial revolution, will truly boost Porcher Industries’ international reach,” added Genton.

Ian Burgess, Managing Director of Warwick Capital and investor in Porcher Industries, concluded by thanking the regional government and the development zone for their support and trust throughout. “By investing in this site in China, we have secured our place in probably the most dynamic economy in the world today. We start with the production of fabrics for airbags and soon we will follow with a broader range of products to support the aerospace and industrial markets. Our challenge? To design tomorrow’s today, with the ultimate science and technology,” he said.

The speeches were followed by an official ribbon cutting and a traditional Chinese lion dance, symbolizing good luck and fortune.


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