Arizona Chemical Opens First Laboratory in China

Shanghai, China – Officials from Arizona Chemical, along with employees from the company’s growing operation in Asia, officially opened the company’s newest science and technology lab in China today.

Attending the opening ceremonies representing Arizona Chemical were Carl Bilgrien, Arizona Chemical’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer; Joe Chan, Arizona Chemical’s  Vice President, Asia, team members from Shanghai, Asia, the U.S., and guests from Trump, our distributor in China.

“Today’s ribbon-cutting on our state-of-the-art Science & Technology Lab is a critical component of the execution and commitment to our strategy to grow in Asia,” said Joe Chan, Vice President, Asia.

“A key pillar of our strategic plan is to establish Arizona Chemical as the leading tackifier supplier with $100 million sales in Asia, and a manufacturing plant in China by 2015,” Carl Bilgrien explained. “This lab will enable us to serve our customers in Asia and help us achieve that key component of our strategy.”

The facility, located on Yingdu Road in Shanghai, employs five people, including a senior scientist, a lab supervisor, an application specialist and two interns. Arizona Chemical also has laboratories in Savannah, Georgia, in the US and Almere, the Netherlands in the EU.

The opening of this new facility expands Arizona Chemical’s presence in Asia. For a number of years, the company has had a small sales team based in Singapore. The team has now grown to more than 20 employees in China and Singapore.

About Arizona Chemical
Arizona Chemical ( is a world leader of bio-refined products for the adhesives, roads and construction, tires, lubricants, fuel additives, mining and oleo chemicals markets. With more than 1,100 employees and state-of-the-art refineries in six countries on both sides of the Atlantic, Arizona Chemical provides sustainable raw materials to hundreds of companies and, in-turn, to millions of consumers all around the world. The company has headquarters offices in the U.S. in Jacksonville, Fla., and in the EU in Almere, the Netherlands.

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