Henkel broke ground on a new manufacturing facility of its Adhesive Technologies business unit within the Yantai Chemical Industry Park in Shandong Province, China. The new plant will showcase how smart technology and sustainability can influence adhesive manufacturing. It will further enhance Henkel’s supply capacity of high-impact adhesive products for the industry.
With an investment of approximately 120 million Euros (RMB 870 million), the new plant, titled with the Chinese name “Kunpeng,” will enhance Henkel’s production capacity of adhesives, and further optimize the supply network in China, to better meet the growing demand from domestic and international markets.
“China plays an important role in our operations at Henkel and continues to demonstrate economic resilience and growth,” said Mark Dorn, Henkel executive VP of Adhesive Technologies. “Investing in the Kunpeng plant reflects our strong commitment to the future of our business in China and the Asia-Pacific region, creating value for our customers.”
A future-ready smart factory
The Kunpeng plant is set to occupy more than 150,000 square meters, including state-of-the-art automated production workshops and an 8,000m2 smart warehouse. The new plant will enhance Henkel’s supply capacity of high-impact adhesive products in the Chinese market.
The plant aims to fully meet the demand of fast-growing industries including electronics, automotive, medical, equipment manufacturing, and aerospace, with high-quality and sustainable adhesive products and solutions.
A model of sustainable operations
Holding a strong commitment to sustainability, the plant will use 100% renewable electricity and incorporate a range of sustainability features such as an advanced building energy management system, water circulation system, and a ground source heating pump system.
These technologies are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 5,000 tons per year and reduce operational water consumption by 25%, contributing to Henkel’s ambition of achieving climate-positive operations in its manufacturing by 2030.
“Kunpeng, our state-of-the-art facility, will set a new industry standard with its modernization and sustainability design, keeping us ahead of the curve and meeting evolving customer needs,” added Rajat Agarwal, president of Henkel Greater China. “China’s focus on achieving high-quality and sustainable development creates unique opportunities for technology and product advancements. Investing in Kunpeng enables us to provide unparalleled support to our customers with enhanced end-to-end capability.”