Asia’s food market is flourishing. China’s food industry, in particular, is profiting from the strong purchasing power of its middle class. At the same time, the sector must face new challenges. Consumers are attaching ever-greater importance to healthy and sustainable nutrition, as well as products that are quick and easy to prepare. “We offer solutions to challenges currently facing the food industry,” says Dr. Gerhard Schmid, president of WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS. “With our new range of services in Shanghai, we are strengthening our position as an innovative partner to the food sector on the Chinese market.”
WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS is the life sciences and biotechnology division within the WACKER Group, which, in terms of nutrition, mainly focuses on ingredients for food and dietary supplements. In order to optimally support its customers in different regions around the world, WACKER already operates three specialized food laboratories in Burghausen (Germany), Adrian (USA) and Singapore (Southeast Asia).
With the lab for food applications in Shanghai, WACKER is broadening its range of services in the fast-growing China market. The WACKER Shanghai Center, the headquarters of our WACKER Greater China subsidiary, already houses a regional technical competence center, where WACKER experts tailor silicone and polymer products to the specific requirements of their Chinese customers. This technical center now also boasts an applications laboratory for food-sector customers. “China is already the world’s largest market for food and beverages. And its growth continues to be strong. With our new lab for food applications, we are able to accommodate our local customers’ needs even better,” says Paul Lindblad, president of WACKER Greater China. “We offer support in developing innovative solutions that satisfy consumer tastes and expectations.”
The new laboratory, which covers an area of some 150 square meters, focuses primarily on applications involving cyclodextrins, cyclodextrin complexes and cysteine, as well as chewing-gum applications.