Avery Dennison Dedicates New Research Center in China
KUNSHAN, Jiangsu, China—Avery Dennison Corporation announced the opening of the Philip M. Neal Asia Pacific Research Center, based in Kunshan, Jiangsu province in eastern China, that will act as a gateway for the Company’s new products and technology into the Asia Pacific region.
The state-of-the-art research center is named after Avery Dennison’s fourth chief executive officer, who retired from the company and its board of directors in 2005. It is the latest in a series of investments that reflect the Company’s ongoing commitment to growth and technology in this fast-growing region. These investments include manufacturing, distribution and sales operations in Guangzhou, Nansha, Kunshan, Tianjin, Chengdu, Fuzhou, Qingdao, Suzhou and Shanghai.
“The economic growth in China and the Asia Pacific region during the last 30 years, and particularly in the last decade, has been phenomenal,” said Dean A. Scarborough, president and chief executive officer. “We expect that growth to continue and see these economies as major drivers of worldwide economic expansion. As our customers in this region grow and their needs expand, the mission of the Philip M. Neal Asia Pacific Research Center is to develop technology and products for China and the Asia Pacific region and to establish technical relationships with leading global customers that have businesses and facilities in this part of the world.”
The facility will be used to conduct extensive testing, analysis and engineering of pressure-sensitive constructions that will support major strategic initiatives in the region. The Neal Research Center is more than 4,000 square meters in size, houses 12 research laboratories and will employ 50 engineers and scientists, when fully staffed.To accelerate the product development process, a new pilot coater will also be installed to enable a variety of coating trials and generate new product samples.
“The new research center is strategically located close to our production facilities and our customers’ operations,” said Martin Daffner, research and development director of the research center. “This proximity enables us to respond quickly to customers’ needs and ensures effective communication with production and marketing teams. The center also allows us to design and develop pressure-sensitive products for the Asian market and fine tune throughout the production process, from raw material to end-user application.”