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Benecke-Changshun Opens Second Plant in China

2016-02-16

February 2016 Following a year of construction, Benecke-Changshun has officially opened a new plant in Changzhou, China to manufacture the environment-friendly, low-emission and non-allergenic automotive interior materials Acella® Eco und Acella® Eco green.

Series production has been running since the end of 2015 with an approx. 100-strong workforce; 50 more jobs are to be added over the next few months. Benecke-Changshun has invested  40 million euros in the first phase of the expansion – the largest investment in its history. 


Capacity for Acella® doubled

The new plant has doubled the company’s  capacity for Acella® in China and is now  well-positioned to respond to the high level of demand from the Chinese automotive industry for its surface materials. Acella® features outstanding functionality and durability and serves as an enabling solution for vehicle manufacturers to meet the  stringent statutory requirements pertaining to the air quality of the passenger compartment. Benecke-Changshun has been developing odor-neutral and low-emission trim and upholstery materials for decades.

The new plant operated by Benecke Changshun ECO Trim, a joint venture between Jiangsu Changshun Group Co., Ltd   and its  partner Benecke-Kaliko, will produce around 10 million m2 of the surface material Acella® Eco annually. Water-based paints will be used exclusively at this facility, which reduce the emissions of the material to a minimum and guarantee environment-friendly production. Acella® Eco is also suitable for long-term, direct contact with drivers and passenger skin. It is mainly used for vehicle seats and arm rests. A second expansion phase for the new facility is planned if demand continues to rise.


The new plant will focus on the especially environment-friendly products Acella®Eco and Acella® Eco green in order to satisfy the increase in demand in this area and to free up capacity in Zhangjiagang for orders which have already been placed. Benecke-Changshun also operates an R&D center in Zhangjiagang with the main tasks of advancing production processes and product development for the Chinese market. In addition, a dedicated design office was set up there a year ago.