De Nora China boosts production with new expansion and upgrades

Leading global electrochemical and water technology company, De Nora, recently revealed its newly expanded and upgraded factory in Suzhou Industrial Park, Jiangsu, China.

The investment, which amounted to more than US$10 million, will allow the company to meet the growing demand for its electrode and water technology products in China as well as throughout the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, increasing production capacity by over 50 per cent annually.

“This investment is part of our commitment to meet the growing demand for high quality electrochemical technologies across China and the region,” CEO of De Nora, Paolo Dellachà, said. “Not only is our expansion and upgrade tapping into China’s thriving manufacturing industry, it is also proof of our continuous efforts to deliver from our Suzhou plant high quality products to customers across Asia.”

The expansion includes a new assembly area for the production of De Nora’s major Electrodes and Water Technologies applications, such as BALPURE® Ballast Water Treatment, SANILEC®, SEACLOR® Seawater Electrochlorination, and ClorTec® On-site Sodium Hypochlorite Generators. It has also been ergonomically designed to help deliver greater efficiencies throughout the assembly process ensuring a step by step quality control.

As part of De Nora’s dedication to achieving high quality production, the state-of-the-art workshop was equipped with a dedicated quarantine area for the manufacturing of solutions designed for the disinfection of drinking water, ensuring strict hygiene conditions throughout the entire production process as required by the Chinese regulations on drinking water apparatus.

The factory’s existing coating workshop also underwent a significant upgrade, of both proprietary process equipment and supporting utilities. The structural modifications along with the introduction of air scrubbing towers and air extractors maintain a high air change ratio throughout the building to help stabilize the highly-sensitive operation of electrode-coating. The changes will double the workshop’s annual coating output, further boosting the factory’s productivity levels and the quality of the electrodes.

Alberto Cominelli, who oversaw the entire project, stated that the factory saw many upgrades over the last year that had greatly improved the plant’s overall environment, health, and safety (EHS).

“In order for us to continue our legacy of leading industry innovation, we are focused on investing in local infrastructure and technology, our products and our people. I am confident that these developments for our Suzhou plant will drive our growth to greater heights,” Cominelli said.

The company’s Regional Chief Officer Asia, Danilo Parini, added that the plant plays a crucial role in De Nora’s plans for the Asian market.

“China plays a strategic role for our business in Asia, with manufacturing facilities here in Suzhou as well as Jinan,” he said. “This investment will see us improve the current capacity at our Suzhou plant, ensuring we continue to meet best practice manufacturing standards across our electrochemical and water technologies applications.”