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Mondelēz International Opens Newest R&D Hub in Suzhou, China

  • Suzhou RDQI Technical Center is part of company’s $65 million investment in its
  • global Technical Center network to accelerate growth and innovation

Shanghai, China – April 3, 2018 – Mondelēz International recently inaugurated its newest global Technical Center in Suzhou, China. This state-of-the-art facility will support new products and technologies for many of the company’s iconic Power Brands, including Oreo and Chips Ahoy! as well as TUC, belVita, Pacific, Prince, and Ritz biscuits.  

The Suzhou RDQI Technical Center is part of the company’s previously announced $65 million investment in nine large R&D hubs, strategically positioned around the globe. These centers will enable Mondelēz International to better recruit, retain and develop talent across a range of science and technical disciplines while accelerating the company’s growth and innovation. 

 

Senior Mondelēz management and employees of the Suzhou RDQI Center attend the grand opening ceremony

“With these advantaged Technical Centers, we’re focusing our investment in research, equipment and capabilities, driving innovation to support our growth strategy, margin and quality platforms,” said Rob Hargrove, Executive Vice President, Research, Development, Quality and Innovation. “These R&D hubs will improve speed, efficiency and effectiveness, while increased scale will enable us to more quickly address evolving consumer needs.”

Hargrove continued, “The Suzhou RDQI Technical Center is part of Mondelēz International’s global R&D strategy. Embedding one of our largest Technical Centers here clearly signals the importance of China and Asia-Pacific region within our global R&D network.”

Mr. Rob Hargrove, EVP, Research, Development & Quality at Mondelēz International, speaks at the ceremony

Mr. Stephen Maher, President of Mondelēz China later said, “We’re very proud to witness the grand opening of the RDQI Suzhou Technical Center. Its opening is of great strategic importance to the China market. This means that China will be the first market to enjoy the results of the research here and that Chinese consumers will be able to get more biscuit products with new tastes, new formulas and new forms faster. Meanwhile, China’s unique, diverse urban and rural demographics and rapidly changing market environment will also provide first-hand insights, timely feedback and plenty of inspirations for product research and development. Mondelēz China promises that our sales team will spare no efforts to provide cooperation and support for the innovation at the Suzhou RDQI Technical Center, working together to provide more star products for consumers.”      

Mr. Stephen Maher, President of Mondelēz China, speaks at the opening ceremony

Ms. Maggie Wang, Vice President, Biscuits, RD&Q, AMEA, Mondelēz International, also spoke at the grand opening ceremony, “As one of the founders of the RDQI Suzhou Technical Center, I personally went through the entire process of the center’s evolution, from serving China’s local market at the beginning to serving the Asia-Pacific market and to now serving the global market. The expansion of scale and the upgrading of qualifications in Suzhou highlight the innovation and R&D capabilities of the local team, and demonstrate the strong recognition for the great results presented by the Suzhou Technical Center. In the future, the Suzhou RDQI Technical Center will become a facility to output innovations, cutting-edge technologies, and talents around the globe.”

Ms. Maggie Wang, Vice President, Biscuits, RD&Q, AMEA, Mondelēz International, speaks at the ceremony

The Suzhou RDQI Technical Center will be home to more than 100 experts – scientists, engineers and other specialists from all over the world.  The site is equipped with 2,700 square meters of pilot plant and labs, and 1,580 square meters of offices. This Technical Center will closely collaborate on innovations in our manufacturing network across the world.  

The Suzhou hub joins six other Mondelēz International Technical Centers – East Hanover, New Jersey, in the United States; Curitiba in Brazil; as well as Bournville and Reading, both in the UK, Wroclaw in Poland and Singapore – that are already in full operation.  The remainder of the company’s network of redesigned Technical Centers – in India and Mexico – are expected to open soon.