Air Products has opened its new specialty amines plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China.

The facility complements Air Products’ existing local capabilities to support customers in the growing polyurethane additives and epoxy markets.

Located in the Nanjing Chemical Industry Park (NCIP), the new state-of-the-art specialty amines plant is a multi-reactor, multi-purpose facility designed to manufacture many of the amine chemistries marketed by the business globally.

Air Products has already built and operates two large air separation plants and a pipeline system to serve customers in the NCIP.

At the opening ceremony, John E. McGlade, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Products said, “China is a high growth region for the world and for Air Products.”

“China’s growth and domestic development in key markets and industries, such as construction, coatings, and automobile production, make this an important place for us to be focused on for growth and new business.”

“We are honored to build our new capability in the world-class Nanjing Chemical Industry Park and participate in the development of Jiangsu Province.”

“The new specialty amines plant is another strategic investment that Air Products has made in China to better serve our customers with the range of performance materials and technologies that meet global performance standards and enable local companies to continue to grow and support development of their industries.”

The new plant has significantly strengthened the supply chain capabilities of Air Products’ Performance Materials business in China and throughout Asia.

Other strategic capabilities that the company has built for its Performance Materials business include a technology centre in Shanghai’s Zhangjiang Industrial Park; a triethylenediamine(TEDA) manufacturing facility for polyurethane additives in Changzhou; warehouses in Changzhou, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Nanjing; plus a strong local team to serve both China and Asian customers.

The plant has also enhanced Air Products’ ability to supply differentiated products which can be formulated locally to meet local needs.

The initial focus will be on several performance-oriented products marketed by Air Products’ epoxy additive and polyurethane additive product lines, including the Polycat® and Dabco® series of amine catalysts, and Ancamine® , Ancamide® and Sunmide® series of epoxy curing agents used in diverse industries, such as coatings, inks, adhesives, construction, appliance and automotive.