The processing and packaging giant officially opened the 37,000 sq metre site in Pudong, near Shanghai.
“The centre, which brings together resources from product development and engineering, technical service, training, sourcing and distribution, provides Chinese customers with a one-stop service in food processing and packaging solutions,” Tetra Pak spokeswoman Linda Bernier told FoodProductionDaily.com.
While the Shanghai Centre will not customise processing and packaging systems, a special feature of the facility will be to gear engineering solutions specifically to the China market. As part of this, the centre will include the first Chinese road condition analysis lab. Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that accurately records road conditions across the country, it will provide simulation data that customers can use to reduce potential transportation problems.
The centre has 450 employees and began operations in December 2009.
“The Technology Centre in Pudong creates a world-class resource for customers, ideally placed to address the unique challenges of food and beverage packaging, processing and distribution in China,” said Dennis Jönsson, company president and CEO.
“This facility will make us more responsive to local needs, ensuring that our activities, our innovation pipeline and our service offerings are sharply focused on helping local customers better deliver their products to the people of China,” he said.