The centre in Qingdao, Shandong Province, will provide replacement parts, local customer service contacts, customer training, startup services and technical support. Long-term goals of the centre include equipment rehabilitation services for components and casting systems. Wagstaff understands the significance of specialised DC casting machinery investments, and hopes to help customers maximise equipment life through training, support, equipment maintenance and refurbishing services.

It said response time to customer needs would be reduced to aluminium producers in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.