China: Plant Engineering Akzo Nobel Upgrades Plant to Exclusively Produce Water-based Paints
The automation upgrade of Akzo Nobel’s Guangzhou plant in China is expected to increase its water-based paints production capacity from 88 million liters to 140 million per year. Once fully operational, the facility will increase water reuse by 70 % and reduce waste water by 50 %.
China – As Chinese customers and consumers demand more eco-premium water-based decorative paints, Akzo Nobel’s Guangzhou plant aims to deliver. A huge automation upgrade will have it running at full production of exclusively water-based products.
Guangzhou is the last of four decorative paint plants in China to completely switch to water-based products. State-of-the-art technology will increase its water-based paints production capacity from 88 million liters to 140 million annually.
The plant’s upgrades will also bring the company closer to its overall sustainability ambitions, which include 100 % water reuse at the most water intensive sites by 2030. Once fully operational, Guangzhou will increase water reuse by 70 % and reduce waste water by 50 %. Significant reductions in electricity use and VOC emissions are also expected.
“The renewal of the Guangzhou site is living proof of our ‘People. Planet. Paint.’ approach to sustainability,” says Rinske van Heiningen, the Director of Sustainability at Akzo Nobel. “It’s one of our top ten decorative paint plants globally in terms of production capacity, now shifting fully to zero-solvent-based decorative paints. At the same time, it’s using smart manufacturing technology to enhance both productivity and production safety.”
David Prinselaar, Akzo Nobel’s Chief Supply Chain Officer adds: “The new plant is a significant milestone for Akzo Nobel in China as we strive to increase our production of eco-premium water-based products. This is a prominent sector generating many opportunities for us to provide greener paint and coating solutions.”
The 3.75 million dollar (26 million yuan) upgrade is part of continuous improvements in manufacturing technology and supply chain management that Akzo Nobel makes to ensure customers and consumers have access to the quality products and services they need.
Akzo Nobel has three other decorative paint plants in China – Shanghai, Langfang and Chengdu – which already allow full production of water-based paints.