Ciba Specialty Chemicals has expanded in China with an investment in a new production plant in Qingdao. The plant will manufacture high performance pigments and additives and will serve as a regional base for Ciba's coating effects business. Production will start in early 2008. The new site, located in the Qingdao International Airport Industry Park, will be built in a greenfield approach with infrastructure and equipment that meet Ciba Specialty Chemicals' high global standards of quality and environment, health and safety. It offers space for considerable expansion, allowing flexible adaptation to business needs. The investment complements both Ciba Specialty Chemicals' research and development activities in Shanghai and pigment production at its existing plant in Qingdao.