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In a boost to Semarang City’s local economy in Indonesia, Fuling Global – a Chinese manufacturer and distributor of environmentally friendly plastic and paper foodservice disposable products – has revealed plans to launch its largest manufacturing facility outside of  China and only its third facility globally outside of China.

The new 194,000 square-feet facility will manufacture straws, sauce cups, take-out boxes and paper cups, and add approximately 500 new jobs to the local economy in Semarang City by late 2020.

“Completion of our factory in Indonesia represents an important milestone in Fuling Global’s strategy to become a global supplier of foodservice disposable products, offering innovative research and development and high-quality products, with international sourcing capability,” said Xinfu Hu, CEO of Fuling Global.

“It is also by far our largest production plant outside of China and will enable us to provide our international clients with a comprehensive line of products.”

The manufacturer established its first manufacturing facility outside of China in 2014, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, US, which serves as the company’s US headquarters. In 2019, it opened its second manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico.

The firm expects to install 64 production lines of manufacturing equipment in two phases during 2020, including 20 straw production lines; 12 cup lid and packing box production lines; eight sauce cup production lines; and 24 paper cup production lines. In late 2020, it intends to increase production to include paper bags.

When both phases are done and fully operational, it expects to have approximately 500 employees at this facility and achieve an annual production scale of approximately US$60 million, assuming sufficient customer orders.

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