Symrise opens its new multi-million fragrance and flavourings facilities in China

The global Symrise flavour and fragrance group has made a major investment of €50 million in opening a new production site for its operations in Nantong, eastern China.

Reflecting the present coronavirus pandemic conditions, the executive board, senior staff, plant workers and guests held a virtual ceremony to mark the facility’s development – in a video conference – for the first time. Chief executive Officer Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram and Chief Financial Officer Olaf Klinger conveyed their greetings via live video from Holzminden.

As the company, which produces a broad range of products including for the confectionery and bakery sector revealed, the decision to build at this location, in the industrial park on the green field, was made in 2016. Its location serving key areas of China, as well as being comparatively close to other markets within the region including Taiwan and Japan.

Modern infrastructure, an attractive business environment and a number of sustainability aspects were the deciding factors in the plans for the site near Shanghai. Symrise celebrated its topping out ceremony two years ago. Already then, you could tell by its dimensions that the Group was building a state-of-the-art production facility geared toward the future and growth.

The expansion of the production of fragrances and flavourings in the rapidly expanding Chinese market makes sense, because the world’s second-largest economy has great potential to soon become number one. This development correlates with the history of Symrise in the country. In the past ten years, the company has grown around eight percent per year on average. With a six-percent share of total sales, China follows the USA and Germany as the third-strongest revenue-generating market for the business.

In this environment, the firm said its creation sent a clear signal for future growth in the region with its modern plant in Nantong – especially in light of the current situation. The company wants to build on its success with its proven strategy and dedicated team. The subsidiary Tesium, specialist in technology, safety and the environment, assisted the local company experts in planning and implementation.

“The celebratory and partially virtual opening of our plant in Nantong demonstrates our trust in the Chinese market, and we are consciously committing ourselves to the world’s strongest growth region. Of course, we are also keeping a close eye on how the COVID-19 situation is progressing here,” comments CEO Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Bertram on the strategic approach. “From these observations, we enacted measures and were successful in keeping our entire business running and opening our plant as planned. Ultimately, we want to reliably serve our customers in China and grow with them. A big thank you therefore goes to the flexibility and extreme dedication of our employees.”

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