HARBIN, China, July 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- China XD Plastics Company Limited (NASDAQ: CXDC) ("China XD Plastics" or the "Company"), one of China's leading specialty chemical players engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of modified plastics primarily for automotive applications, today announced the official signing of investment agreements between its subsidiary, Heilongjiang Xinda Enterprise Group Company Limited, and the Management Committee of Harbin Economic - Technological Development Zone with respect to the industrial project for 300,000 metric tons of biological composite materials, the industrial project for upgrading existing equipment for 100,000 metric tons of engineering plastics and the industrial project for a 3D printing intelligent manufacture demonstration factory and a 3D printing display and experience cloud factory (the "Project").
"The official signing of the investment agreements for the Project is another milestone for the Company," said Jie Han, Chairman and CEO of China XD Plastics. "This Project will help the Company to expand its product mix into bio-based composites, 3D printing materials and functional masterbatch materials while maintaining our traditional petroleum-based materials. Paving the path to non-auto applications and further diversifying our company's business as a key element of our strategic plan.
In its 'Made in China 2025' and 'The Thirteenth Five-Year Plan', the Chinese Government highlighted biological composite materials and additive manufacturing used composite materials as key planning technology areas and clearly stated the importance of strengthening R&D in bio-based polymer materials, and developing bioplastics packaging, bioplastics auto parts and other related areas as part of a nationwide initiative in supply side reform to promote the field of additive manufacturing used composite materials. Encouraged by the strong demand and market potential for biological composite materials, additive manufacturing used composite materials and functional masterbatch materials, the Company's Board of Directors preliminarily approved the Company's strategic investment in these initiatives in December 2016 and on June 1, 2017, respectively. The Company's Board of Directors subsequently ratified the Company's capital investment in the Project.
As part of the Company's strategic investment, the Company will develop 120,000 metric tons of capacity for petroleum-based materials, 300,000 metric tons of capacity for biological composite materials and 10,100 metric tons of capacity for additive manufacturing used composite materials pursuant to the Project. The total capital expenditures for the Company will be RMB 4.15 billion (estimated to be US$ 614 million). Both the industrial project for 300,000 metric tons of biological composite materials and the industrial project for a 3D printing intelligent manufacturing demonstration factory and a 3D printing display and experience cloud factory are expected to be completed by the end of July 2019. The industrial project for upgrading existing equipment for 100,000 metric tons of engineering plastics is expected to be completed by the end of June 2018.
About China XD Plastics Company Limited
China XD Plastics Company Limited, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and sells polymer composites materials, primarily for automotive applications. The Company's products are used in the exterior and interior trim and in the functional components of 29 automobile brands manufactured in China, including without limitation, AUDI, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Toyota, Buick, Chevrolet, Mazda, Volvo, Ford, Citroen, Jinbei and VW Passat, Golf, Jetta, etc. The Company's wholly-owned research center is dedicated to the research and development of polymer composites materials and benefits from its cooperation with well-known scientists from prestigious universities in China. As of March 31, 2017, 410 of the Company's products have been certified for use by one or more of the automobile manufacturers in China. For more information, please visit the Company's English website at http://www.chinaxd.net, and the Chinese website at http://www.xdholding.com.
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China XD Plastics
Mr. Taylor Zhang, CFO (New York)
Phone: +1 (212) 747-1118
Investor Relations: Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Ms. Vivian Chen, Managing Director
US: +1 (347) 481-3711
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