Sandvik Materials Technology is investing in a service centre with its own slitting line in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province, China.

It is scheduled to open in October 2009 and the slitting line is to be operational during November, ensuring that delivery times of precision strip to customers in China can be kept to just one week.

The centre will offer greater supply flexibility and shorter delivery times, with material finished to size from stock held onsite. It will also open up options to supply other Asia Pacific markets from the first quarter of 2010.

The service centre will introduce benefits to existing customers in China and businesses considering relocation to the region. Sandvik will be able to provide made-to-order material at short notice, supplied locally, and facilitate fast growth of the market sector in the region.

The centre will focus on finishing and delivering precision strip to customers for the manufacture of flapper valves for compressors used in automotive, refrigeration and air conditioning units. It will also supply material to other market sectors, such as shock absorber manufacturers.