Firmenich Expands China Operations with Largest Flavor Manufacturing Plant to Date

by Dawn Allcot

Responsible for creating many of the world’s most well-known perfumes and tastes, Firmenich recently opened its largest flavor manufacturing plant in the Zhangjiagang Free Trade Zone in China.

The new facility will play a central role in the company’s growth journey and expansion across China, the company’s second largest market worldwide.

Operating with digitally-advanced manufacturing systems and the highest quality control, health, safety, security and environmental standards, this state-of-art plant is designed to meet growing customer demand in China, with increased speed, operational excellence and traceability.

“This digitally-advanced and highly sustainable plant marks a critical milestone on our journey to shaping the factory of the future,” says Boet Brinkgreve, chief supply chain officer for Firmenich. “With a 70% automation rate, this new plant will boost our customer service, without any compromise on quality, safety and environmental performance, which is non-negotiable for us.”

Building on Firmenich’s recognition as a global sustainability leader from climate to water and forestry management, the new site operates with an optimized environmental footprint. The high-tech facility is designed to enable optimal waste, water, emissions and energy management. Operating with zero waste-to-landfill, the plant is the company’s first zero liquid discharge site which ensures all waste water is purified and recycled at the end of the treatment cycle. Confirmed 100% free of ozone depleting refrigerants, it also has the most advanced integrated air treatment, lighting and building components to optimize energy consumption and recover heat waste.

The new plant builds on Firmenich’s goal to delight Chinese consumers with a multitude of local flavors in dairy drinks, tea, and noodles. Highly differentiating technologies will enable the company to create and produce even more local flavors designed to appeal to consumers’ evolving, and highly discerning, tastes.

Founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1895, Firmenich has been established in China for over 30 years. The new facility complements the group’s existing manufacturing sites in Shanghai and Kunming and extensive network of commercial facilities from Shanghai and Beijing to Guangzhou.


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