Haldor Topsoe opens joint R&D company in China

Published: 30 October 2019 - 8 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery
Over the past 18 months, the Jiangsu JITRI-Topsoe Joint R&D Center has been installed at the Xiangcheng municipality. The 5,000-square-metre building comprises brand new laboratories, test facilities, meeting rooms and offices.

"We are pleased to officially open this first jointly owned company that JITRI and Suzhou Xiangcheng district has invested in together with an established company. Haldor Topsoe has demonstrated an impressive level of R&D work, and the joint R&D centre will be instrumental in fast commercialisation of the research to deliver new and valuable solutions that will help Chinese companies advance their businesses and protect the environment," says Hu Yidong, party secretary and vice president of Jiangsu Industrial Technology Research Institute.

The opening of the Jiangsu JITRI-Topsoe Joint R&D Center shows Topsoe’s large engagement in the Chinese market. The joint venture strives to drive industrial development in Suzhou, the Jiangsu Province, and China in general, based on Topsoe’s exceptional insight into catalytic processes and technologies.

“Xiangcheng is very happy to host the Jiangsu JITRI-Topsoe Joint R&D Center. As a community, we are also committed to a cleaner and more energy-efficient future, and the R&D centre will support this ambition,” says Su, party secretary of Suzhou High-Speed Railway New Town.

Su was one of the many VIP guests at the opening ceremony. The guest list also included Chen Jianguo, chairman of Xiangcheng District CPPCC, Zhang Yongqing, deputy secretary of Xiangcheng District Committee and district chief of Xiangcheng District Government, Hu Yidong, the secretary and vice president of JITRI, Yao Zhengjun, director of JITRI and board member of the Jiangsu JITRI-Topsoe Joint R&D Center, and Jakob Linulf, consul general, Royal Danish Consulate General in Shanghai.

“It is a great day for Haldor Topsoe. We are highly committed to the Chinese market, and the joint R&D centre is a large step ahead in getting closer to our Chinese customers and serve them better and faster. Topsoe truly believe scientific and technological partnerships, and through the joint venture, we will be able to further advance our commitment towards cleaner and more energy-efficient solutions for the Chinese market. We sincerely look forward to work closer with our strong Chinese partners to realise this great potential,” says Amy Hebert, deputy CEO of Haldor Topsoe.

Topsoe owns 60% of the joint company, while JITRI and Xiangcheng Suzhou District own 20% each. The overall investment will be $14.2mn over a five-year period.

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