Denmark-based ingredients giant Danisco today (10 April) saw the launch of its Shanghai Centre which is intended to give the company a strategic position in one of the world’s biggest centres of growth, Eastern China.

The new US$5m centre will combine sales and application laboratories for the group as well as research facilities for its enzyme division Genencor.

The centre will employ around 100 staff in 5,600 square metres, and reflects the group’s intent to satisfy the needs of the fast-growing Asian market for all of its businesses.

“I’m extremely pleased that we have now consolidated Danisco’s expertise in Shanghai in one single spot,” said says Tom Knutzen, CEO of Danisco. “The centre will serve as an important springboard for our company’s growth in China and the nearby region,’

The new centre, located in Hongqiao International Business Park, provides the opportunity to work directly with customers in the company’s application laboratories. Danisco said that it will now be able to consolidate its enzyme research activities in Asia through its enzyme division, Genencor.

As a world leader in enzymes markets, Genencor is already strongly represented in China through its renovated manufacturing and applications facilities in Wuxi, outside Shanghai.