Arteco Opens Coolants Plant in China


Arteco Opens Coolants Plant in China
A view of a lithium battery pack, with a liquid cooling system, in an electric vehicle. The battery cells have heat exchangers. © P5h /

Arteco formally opened a coolant factory in Nantong, China, this week, stating that the facility will make products for electric vehicles and data centers along with other applications.

Officials with the Chevron-TotalEnergies joint venture said the facility will begin shipping orders next month. The company considers China a key market for such applications.

“This plant is a testament to our confidence and ambition in the Chinese market, which is one of the most dynamic and competive in the world,” Arteco Board Chairman Pat McCloud said in a Tuesday news release.

“China is not only the largest producer and consumer of automobiles, but also a hub of innovation and creativity. By establishing this plant, we are strengthening our position and capabilities in this market and enhancing our cooperation and collaboration with the Chinese OEM industry and key aftermarket players.”

The plant is operated by Arteco Coolants Science & Technology Co., Arteco’s wholly owned subsidiary in Shanghai. The joint venture itself is headquartered in Ghent, Belgium. Nantong, like Shanghai, is in Jiangsu province.

The company did not list the capacity of the plant but said it will make water-based coolants and heat transfer fluids for conventional internal combustion automotive engines as well as for new energy vehicles – hybrids, those running only on battery and those powered by hydrogen fuel cells. In addition to automotive applications, the plant will supply heat transfer fluids for electronics industries, including immersion systems that cool data centers, a growing market and field of interest for lubricant companies.

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