The Suttons Group has opened new larger office premises in Shanghai, to cope with increased demand for its specialist chemicals shipping and distribution services in China and the North Asia region.
The company has had an office in Shanghai since 1997, making it one of the first European tanker operators to have representation on the ground in China. It counts many leading blue-chip companies amongst its customer base, including Arkema, BASF, Bayer, FMC Agricultural, Huntsman, Ineos, and Rhodia.
Formally opening the new premises at a reception for one hundred guests including customers and suppliers, Suttons Group Managing Director, Andrew Palmer, said that the investment in the new offices demonstrated his company’s commitment to Operations in Asia and their determination to underpin their customer support in this key growth area.
The Shanghai office of Suttons is staffed by twenty locally trained staff, and headed by regional general manager William Leigh-Pemberton, himself a fluent Mandarin speaker.
Commenting on the company’s growth in business in Asia, he said, “We have built up our understanding of this market based on eight years operations experience, and are prepared to commit resources to it in terms of equipment, personnel and administrative support.” He also goes on to say that: “We envisage further growth, especially with the opening of The Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park, whose tenants are one by one coming on stream. There is no doubting our ability to cope with any increase in demand.”