Givaudan expands Chinese flavouring facilities
Global flavour and fragrance group Givaudan has opened CHF 30 million new extension to its Nantong manufacturing facility in China, expanding its technical capabilities.
As the group noted, the move will enable it to double its capacity in the region, enhancing capacity for liquid flavour production across its portfolio, including sweet goods, dairy and beverages.
Its product series includes a number of solutions for confectionery, bakery and snacks-based items.
The latest 16,000 square metre development brings the company’s total investment on the Nantong facility to CHF 80 million. Around 95% of the total production capacity will support customers in China.
The Nantong manufacturing facility will strengthen the company’s existing capabilities in savoury and culinary flavour blends, snack seasonings, spray dries and liquid flavours. About 150 people are currently employed on site of which a large majority have been recruited locally.
Givaudan’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to open the new extended space at our Nantong facility. The total investment we have made on the Nantong site supports our strategic goal of increasing Givaudan’s footprint in high growth markets and capturing growth opportunities. More importantly, the larger Nantong site will now enable Givaudan to collaborate even more closely with our customers to deliver innovative and creative taste solutions to the ever evolving Chinese market.”
The opening ceremony held at the Nantong site, was attended by Givaudan’s top management including Chief Executive Officer Gilles Andrier, alongside NETDA and Swiss consulate dignitaries and Givaudan’s local management members.
The foundation for the world-class Nantong manufacturing facility was first laid in April 2013. The facility has since pushed out its first commercial production in April 2015. Commercial production at the extended site started in July this year.
The manufacturing facility is also making important contributions to Givaudan’s Climate Action Agenda. It was certified as “Environment-friendly Green Enterprise” by the Environment Protection Bureau of Nantong Economic & Technological Development Area (NETDA).
Givaudan’s APAC Commercial Head, Flavours, Monila Kothari, underlined the importance of the Chinese market: “China’s economy has blossomed quickly over the years and is now the world’s second biggest economy. As a result, we have seen a tremendous growth in the food and beverage industry coming from local players. Given this rapid transformation, we now have a manufacturing facility that can support our business development strategy in China. This expansion will enable us to be agile as we address the needs of our customers in China.”