Monday, January 1, 2007
Global Footwear Competence Center is based in Shanghai
Bayer MaterialScience has established its Global Footwear Competence Center (GFCC), in Jinqiao Industrial Processing Zone, Shanghai, China, where it will spearhead the development of advanced materials and provide technical support to the global footwear industry. The relocation is an acknowledgement by Bayer MaterialScience of the importance of China as a global footwear production centre. Currently China accounts for more than 60 percent of global footwear production. In 2005, more than 7 billion pairs of shoes were made in China, which is more than one pair of shoes for every person on the planet. The GFCC is equipped with the most advanced footwear-related facilities, and include injection-molding machines for both polyurethane and thermoplastic polyurethane applications, casting machines as well as a pre-polymer and polyol formulation pilot plant. The GFCC focuses on the development of new innovative technologies and advanced materials, as well as the continuous improvement of existing technologies. Bayer MaterialScience AG is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries.