Sandvik has announced plans to invest in a new high-tech Research & Development Centre adjacent to its manufacturing facilities in Zhenjiang, China.
At a symbolic ‘ground breaking’ ceremony to mark commencement of the development, Sandvik Materials Technology (SMT) management team and Zhenjiang local government officials turned the first soil on the site watched by SMT China employees.
“This ceremony marks a further significant step in Sandvik’s long established commitment to the market in China and throughout Asia,” stated Johan Hedlund, SMT Head of Human Resources.
Building work on the 1,440 m2 centre will commence in summer 2013 with plans for the centre to be operational early in 2014. It will accommodate specialist laboratories, learning centre, offices and an exhibition area.
Sandvik China President, ZZ Zhang added, “Our ambition in developing this new, dedicated centre is to create a powerful R&D team which covers all technical competence needed to support the demands of the Chinese market. It will work in close liaison with SMT R&D units worldwide.”
“The laboratories will be equipped to the highest standards with modern analytical equipment, including scanning electron microscopes and advanced mechanical testing facilities.”
On completion the centre will support not only production units, but also the sales organisation and customers with technical training seminars and detailed research into material applications for the benefit of Sandvik customers. It will also provide materials analysis for other Sandvik business areas, especially Sandvik Construction and Sandvik Machining Solutions.