Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, has been operating in China for 80 years now. We are constantly expanding our presence in China, which is one of our eight strategic countries. Currently, we are represented in the pharmaceutical, chemical and life science sectors of the rapidly growing Chinese market. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, employs around 2,200 people at 40 locations across the country. Apart from the new manufacturing site in Nantong, recent investments include a pharmaceutical research center in Beijing, a biopharmaceutical technical training center in Shanghai, as well as a liquid crystals production unit that will be commissioned in December and is also located in Shanghai.