Changshu, China – ContiTech AG has announced that it started production at tis rubber compounding facility in China on 3 July.
The plant, according to a ContiTech, is the first compounding centre for general applications other than tires or conveyor belts outside Europe.
Until now, the company has produced rubber compounds for applications such as drive belts, hoses, and car tires at its three plants in Germany and Hungary.
At a total of €10 million, ContiTech said it is one of the biggest investments in the history of the business unit.
The plant is set up in an area of 3,000 square meters, using some of the “most efficient” ContiTech equipment, according to Peter Scholtissek head of the Compounding Technology business unit.
First to start operations is a compounding line with a capacity of 10,000 metric tonnes per year. Furthermore, the company operates an extrusion line for high-tech compounds that produces one metric tonne of rubber compounds every hour.
Internal ContiTech customers are being supplied at first, the company said.
"However, we have structured the plant in a way that will enable us to double our capacity in the years to come," explained Scholtissek, highlighting the potential for expansion at the location.
ContiTech added that the new operation was also drawing upon the knowledge and experience of Veyance Technologies in China.