We will fly from Singapore to Shanghai today, then catch a train to Shanxian, where China Sunsine has its headquarters and a plant producing rubber accelerators.
As the name suggests, rubber accelerators are chemicals which accelerate the vulcanisation or curing process of rubber.
China Sunsine, listed on the Singapore Exchange, is the largest producer of rubber accelerators in the world, counting the likes of Bridgestone, Michelin and Goodyear as its clients.
Shanxian is also where we will visit a new plant that China Sunsine has invested RMB150 million in.
Its boilers produce high-pressure steam that drives turbines to generate electricity for the company's own use, saving it about RMB15 m a year in electricity costs.
This plant also produces low-pressure steam that is used in drying rubber accelerators prior to packaging.
From Shanxian, we will travel to China Sunsine's plants in Dingtao and Weifang.
The Weifang plant is interesting for its own reasons: It is located near many producers of aniline, a raw material that is used to produce MBT which, in turn, is a key ingredient for making rubber accelerators.
The Weifang plant produces rubber accelerators which are exported through the nearby Qingdao port to tyre-manufacturing plants in various parts of the world.