With a drum roll and a burst of confetti, PolyOne Corp’s global leaders recently convened in Shanghai to open the doors on the company’s new innovation centre. The centre is one of three for PolyOne in Asia – the other two are located in Suzhou and Singapore – but Shanghai is the largest. The 108,000-square-foot centre replaces a smaller centre in Shanghai. The new site employs 200 and boasts 55 different kinds of processing and testing equipment. A tour included a glimpse at the company’s new material-aging room, film-casting room and test injection room. The new centre represents an investment of around $8m (€6m), and will likely focus on green packaging, health-care, automotive and green construction applications. PolyOne had global sales of $2.9bn (€2.3bn) in 2011, with 9% from Asia.