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Marked by a day of festive activities, blue skies, sunshine and an enthusiastic guest list of more than 200, Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), a division of the J.M. Huber Corp., formally celebrated the official opening of its Qingdao silica plant with a special ceremony Sept. 2. The newly constructed manufacturing facility that is producing Huber dental silicas is located in the coastal city of Qingdao, China, in the Shandong province.
The opening ceremony’s festivities included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and speeches given by Qingdao dignitaries and Huber officials. Keynote addresses were delivered by Benjamin Fitzpatrick, who serves on Huber’s Board of Directors, and Ma Weigang, vice director of the Qingdao Development Zone (QDZ) government administrative committee.
A number of special guests were invited to the celebration, including Qingdao governmental officials and Huber’s national and international dental silica customers. The opening ceremony was followed by plant tours that allowed guests to get an up-close look at the equipment and processes used in silica production. In addition to the opening ceremony event, Huber hosted a technical seminar that focused on the performance characteristics of the complete portfolio of Huber’s Zeodent® dental silicas, which are produced at Qingdao.
The Qingdao plant will produce over 40,000 metric tons of precipitated dental silica annually and enable Huber to more effectively serve its growing customer base in the Asia Pacific region.
For more information, visit www.hubermaterials.com.