International glass manufacturer Schott has opened a new packaging production plant in China.

The plant will produce 2 billion pieces a year is managed by the joint venture Schott Xinkang.

The site (pictured) will enable the company to provide Chinese pharmaceutical manufacturers with packaging products even more effectively in the future.

The plant highlights Schott’s philosophy of keeping production sites close to the customers and markets.

It is located at the Schott Xinkang headquarters in Jinyun, Zhejiang, and will manufacture ampoules, vials and cartridges made of glass tubing for the domestic pharma industry.

The new production facility adds to the company’s global production network, which includes manufacturing sites in 13 countries.

This year the group also invested in its plants in Müllheim, Germany; Lebanon, USA; and St. Gallen, Switzerland; among others.