Hercules Paper Technologies and Ventures group (Hercules PTV) opened its Shanghai Technical Center (STC) in October 2007. The STC has been named in honor of John Montgomery, president of Hercules Asia Pacific, to award his more than 35 years of experience in the specialty chemicals industry. The 2,665-m2 center houses three main functional groups -- the customer analytical services lab (CAS), the paper applications lab (PAL), and the fast-track R&D lab (FTL). The mission of the STC is to provide timely and cost-effective chemical analysis, paper application testing, product manufacturing troubleshooting and product improvement services to the PTV business in Asia Pacific countries. The new Chinese facility becomes Hercules PTV's third regional technical center, joining sites in Wilmington, Delaware, USA and in Helsingborg, Sweden.