Fuxin is located in Liaoning province, an area in northern China rich in natural resources, and home to several large Chinese auto and footwear production facilities.
Fuxin mayor Pan GuoLi and vice mayor Allan He and their economic development team have planned to create a model leather-making zone in their township utilising world-class environmental technology. The China Leather Industry Association (CLIA) is a leading advocate of the project, and Richina Industries president and ceo Bob Moore and CLIA's chairperson Madame Zhang recently met in Beijing in July to discuss Richina's future plans.
The Richina plant will be operational in late 2010, and will produce wet-blue to supply their leather making operations in Shanghai. The facility, to be built on a 300-acre Richina site, will be planned and designed by a team to include several outside advisors and other resources. BLC - Leather Technology Centre, a British environmental consulting firm, have signed on as full time advisors to the project. Richina is planning to incorporate state of the art environmental technology into their new wet-blue facility.
According to Richard Yan, managing director of Richina Inc, ‘our leather businesses have a long history of producing quality wet-blue. The Fuxin project gives us the opportunity to again vertically integrate our business as we broaden and add value to our internal SRL and SLC supply chain. The Liaoning and Fuxin governments, especially governor Chen ZhengGao and mayor Pan GuoLi, and their teams have been very supportive to us during our strategic evaluation phase. We appreciate their efforts, and look forward to creating a world-class leather making operation at the Fuxin complex.'
Vice mayor Allan He of Fuxin added, ‘Richina Industries is a group that produces not only leather but also leather products. Fuxin Leather Industry Zone is an environmentally oriented leather making area, and the cooperation of Richina and Fuxin means a win-win with the combination of these two strong enterprises.'