The plant is Align’s 1st manufacturing operations in China. The facility will host treatment planning services for Invisalign providers in China, Align reported. Previously, planning services for China-based customers was conducted in San Jose, Costa Rica.
“I am very excited to open our 1st treatment planning and training center in China,” president & CEO Joe Hogan said in prepared remarks. “In 2011, the Invisalign system was launched in China and since then our Invisalign business has more than doubled every year. This growth reflects the huge market opportunity for orthodontic treatment, which is estimated to be approximately 3 million cases per year in Asia, as well as the clinical confidence of Invisalign providers’ in using Invisalign clear aligners to treat adults and teenagers. The opening of our facility in Chengdu reflects our long term commitment to the Asia Pacific region generally and to China in particular, and is the 1st step in our global expansion strategy that will extend Align’s leadership in clear aligners and digital orthodontics.”
“China is our number 1 market outside of North America and Asia Pacific is our fastest growing region,” Julie Tay, Align VP & and managing director of its Asia Pacific biz, added. “As our business in China and across Asia grows, we want to ensure we provide doctors in the region with the products and services they need to deliver great treatment outcomes to Invisalign patients. To meet this goal, we must provide treatment planning, clinical education and customer support, as well as training and education in the same time zone, same language, and be geographically closer to our customers across the Asia Pacific region. The Chengdu Centre is the 1st of many investments Align is making to provide the localized service and support that our customers deserve.”
“I’ve been with Align for over 17 years and during that time I’ve seen our technology and manufacturing capabilities advance dramatically,” Emory Wright, Align VP of global operations, said. “We have invested over a billion dollars in research and development to create the most advanced clear aligner system, and the most capable mass-customized production system with the largest 3D printing operation in the world. We will continue to push the limits of technology and bring new innovation to market to provide the best treatment outcome for Invisalign patients and to support our customers’ efforts to grow their practices.”