Specialty chemicals maker Albemarle Corp. said Thursday it has opened a new Asia-Pacific shared services center in Dalian, China.

The site was developed as part of Baton Rouge-based Albemarle’s strategy to standardize and streamline the company’s global processes. The idea is to create one automated, scalable global platform for Albemarle’s businesses, reducing costs, improving productivity and better supporting the company’s growth.

Albemarle has similar centers in Budapest, Hungary, and Baton Rouge.

Albemarle said Dalian made a good choice for three major reasons, including its location between the Yellow Sea and the Bohai Sea. Dalian is an international shipping hub and logistics center.

Support from the local community and government officials, and the well-educated and experienced employee base were also major factors, Albemarle said.