China: Coatings Akzo Nobel Inaugurates its Largest Powder Coatings Plant in China
Located in Changzhou, China, the 46 million dollar facility is claimed to be one of the largest of its kind across the globe.
China – The result of nearly 46 million dollars of investment, the Changzhou plant will supply an extensive range of Interpon and Resicoat products to meet growing demand for more sustainable coatings solutions. Key markets include the automotive, architectural and general industrial sectors.
China is a high priority region for the company and the new facility is part of its ongoing plans to optimise production and investment strategy, based on increasing demand.
Akzo Nobel supplies powder coatings to more than 30,000 customers worldwide, covering several market segments. The Changzhou facility will produce almost the complete range, serving customers in the entire Eastern region of the country with products for domestic appliances, architecture, automotive, furniture, IT, functional and general industrial applications. It will also supply automotive customers nationwide.
Reflecting the sustainable nature of the powder coatings it produces, the new Changzhou plant will not only supply VOC and solvent-free products but also uses advanced technology such as the vacuum drum waste water recycling system. This helps to achieve full recycling of waste water and zero waste water emissions.
Meanwhile, the strategic position of the site enables it to collaborate with one of the firm’s largest technology centers – based in Songjiang, Shanghai – which carries out research on formulas and solutions customised for local needs. The company’s powder coatings are used on buildings and landmarks around the world, including La Sagrada Família (Barcelona, Spain), the Shard (London, UK), the Water Cube (Beijing, China) and the Flame Towers (Baku, Azerbaijan).