New plant expects to create more workplaces by hiring and training local talent, and providing a positive impact in Charlotte’s job market.
- The new subsidiary, Colquímica Adhesives Inc., is strategically based in Charlotte, and will provide a 20% increase in the company’s production capacity to service North American, Canadian, Mexican, and Latin American markets
- The new plant expects to create more workplaces by hiring and training local talent, and providing a positive impact in Charlotte’s job market
Colquímica Adhesives, with headquarters in Portugal and one of the world’s largest players in the development and commercialization of hot melt adhesives for industrial applications, opens in March its new facilities and subsidiary, Colquímica Adhesives Inc., in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. A US $12 million plant has been under construction since the beginning of 2020 and is the company’s first U.S. manufacturing facility.
This new plant has 100.000 square-foot and is the Portuguese company’s first important production facility in the U.S. The new unit will produce adhesives for products for the personal hygiene, packaging, and product assembly industries, and is expected to represent a 20% increase in the company’s production capacity, totaling 12 thousand tons per year (30.000 pounds/year).
Seven years after opening the first production unit outside the country in Poznan, Poland, Colquímica Adhesives reinforces its globalization strategy by expanding industrial operations to the American continent. The company incorporates in its production unit in Charlotte the latest technology available and a high degree of automation in all stages of production, and plans to hire, in the short term, about 30 employees. The qualifications vary, but due to Colquímica’s business nature, they are centered around engineering, business, economics, logistics, marketing, and human resources.
“This new manufacturing facility reaffirms our commitment toward investing in the U.S. economy, as well as its dedication toward U.S. consumers,” said Pedro Gonçalves, CEO of Colquímica Adhesives Inc. He further added – “Charlotte is an outstanding and strategic location for us. Being situated in a central point on the East coast will allow a close service to Colquímicas’ customers, with good proximity to all the main industrial states and major cities. It is very well served in terms of logistic infrastructure, road communications, and sea harbors. What’s more, given Charlotte’s industrial core and expertise, we expect to create more workplaces through hiring and training local talent, providing a positive impact on Charlotte’s job market.
The chosen location will allow the company to effectively serve not only North America but also Canadian, Mexican, and Latin American markets.
This operation ensures the Colquímica Adhesives Inc.’s proximity to customers in this geography, allowing greater logistical agility and a more competitive commercial offer. Its global customers now will receive high-quality products produced in the U.S.
According to João Pedro Koehler, CEO of Colquímica Adhesives Group, “This is a decisive step in affirming Colquímica Adhesives as a global and multicultural brand. The opening of a branch in the U.S. reflects the sustained growth traced by the company in recent years, as a result of the intense network of our employees with customers and partners“.
Colquímica Adhesives had a turnover of 126 million dollars in 2020, currently counts with more than 300 employees. With 93% of revenues from exports, the company is present in more than 65 countries and has a capacity of 143 Million pounds of industrial adhesives per year, being one of the most important players on the global market.
About Colquímica Adhesives
Colquímica Adhesives is a global company with headquarters in Porto, Portugal, specializing in the development and commercialization of technological adhesives. With a consolidated position for over 65 years of developing solutions of excellence, Colquímica Adhesives is one of the most important global players in the sector and presents a diversified product portfolio that fits into five main markets: nonwoven and hygiene, paper converting, packaging, mattresses and product assembly. Managed by CEO João Pedro Koehler and executive directors Sofia Koehler and Pedro Gonçalves, its products are present in more than 60 countries.
Among its three production units in Portugal, Poland (since 2013), and the United States of America (since March 2021), the company has a capacity of 143 million pounds of industrial glues annually. Colquímica Adhesives is one of the most important global players in the sector, with a turnover of 126 million dollars in 2020.
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