Houston, TX – 20 May 2014 - GSE Environmental has officially opened its factory in Suzhou, China, which represents a major milestone in GSE’s vision of supporting the growth in this region with locally manufactured products.
Although this plant is a new addition in China, GSE began building its position in the region 24 years ago when the first sales manager in China was hired, and later with the opening of a full sales office in Shanghai in 2000. Over time, GSE strengthened its relationship with regional customers and government agencies, and began supplying geosynthetics to projects of national importance.
Peter McCourt, President, International for GSE Environmental said, “Our success in China is the reason for building this new plant. As the world becomes more concerned about pollution, China also has pledged to introduce enhanced environmental legislation. GSE will be ready to help our customers meet these standards with geosynthetic products manufactured locally under the same stringent quality guidelines that are observed in all our locations.”
Plans to build a manufacturing facility in China began three years ago, when GSE Environmental recognized the need to expand operations in Asia Pacific in order to support the growth in this region. Construction crews broke ground in January 2013, trial production began one year later, and the first sales order shipped last month. Upon reaching full manufacturing capacity, the plant is expected to produce 20,000 metric tonnes each year for the Asia Pacific market.
GSE Environmental is a global manufacturer and marketer of geosynthetic lining solutions, products and services used in the containment and management of solids, liquids, and gases for organizations engaged in waste management, mining, water, wastewater and aquaculture. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, USA, GSE maintains sales offices throughout the world and manufacturing facilities in the US, Chile, Germany, China, Thailand and Egypt.