Sealy expanding presence in China

Mattress major Sealy is opening a new manufacturing facility outside Shanghai as part of the company’s plans to grow internationally.

The Sealy China plant is a joint venture between Archdale, N.C.–based Sealy and a licensee, Sealy of Australia. The 100,000–square–foot manufacturing facility is in the Qingpu Industrial Park, outside Shanghai. The plant is slated to begin manufacturing mattresses late this year.

“Sealy is now growing its brand in one of the most dynamic markets in the world, China,” said Larry Rogers, Sealy president and chief executive officer. “Additionally, Qingpu is an excellent location based on its strong infrastructure, supply chain system and close proximity to Shanghai’s port.”

“This facility will support growing demand for Sealy products in the Chinese domestic market and multiple Sealy Asia joint–venture businesses in Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan and Singapore,” said Simon Dyer, Sealy of Australia chief executive officer and Sealy China general manager. Sealy China has been operating retail outlets and distributing imported Sealy products since early 2009.

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