MORGAN CERAMICS EXPANDS ITS OPERATIONS IN PULANDIAN, CHINA
Morgan Ceramics, a Division of the Morgan Crucible Company plc, has marked its latest business venture in China with a groundbreaking ceremony which heralds the start of construction at its new site in Pulandian in Liaoning province.
The new purpose built Morgan Ceramics Dalian facility, which will incorporate manufacturing processes for both the technical and thermal sides of the Morgan Ceramics business, is expected to be completed within three years. The ceremony was attended by local dignitaries and VIPs, including directors of the district planning bureau and major contractors as well as other leading businesses from the region, plus members of the Dalian Morgan Refractories management team.
Dr Andy Wynn, project director for Morgan Ceramics Dalian, said: “The groundbreaking ceremony has marked an important milestone for our business in China. Following our investment in the region, this market now accounts for 10 per cent of Morgan Crucibles’ total global sales. We have achieved significant growth during the last 20 years and by extending our manufacturing capability and capacity, we can develop and introduce new technologies to ensure this trend continues as we move forward.
“The next few years will be very exciting and our ultimate aim is to supply a range of high technology markets in Asia, including automotive, aerospace, medical, electronics, fire protection, petrochemical, power generation, aluminium and iron & steel. The new site will be central to our focus of providing a range of advanced materials and manufacturing processes for our customers.
“All these industrial sectors are continuing to see rapid changes in technology as they seek improvements in productivity, while pushing the boundaries of product performance. Providing them with the right materials technology solutions will enable them to enhance their competitiveness and achieve their goals.”
Morgan Ceramics Dalian was registered in 2011 and is a new wholly owned business for Morgan Ceramics. Key to the company selecting the Pulandian site was the availability of a workforce that is highly skilled in technology and manufacturing alongside the support and assistance received from the local authorities, including the Pulandian Economic Zone and the Municipal Government.
The Pulandian facility will also include a state of the art Research and Development Centre which will serve the whole of Morgan Ceramics’ operations in Asia.