Powder coatings production has finally started at AkzoNobel’s new plant in Changzhou, China. This manufacturing facility is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Located at an existing site, it will help to further strengthen the AkzoNobels’ global domination of the powder coatings market.
AkzoNoblel have invested over £34 million in the new plant. It will supply an extensive range of Interpon and Resicoat products. The aim is to meet a growing demand for more sustainable coating solutions. The automotive, architectural and general industrial sectors are key markets for these products.
The strategic position of the site enables it to collaborate with one of AkzoNobel’s largest technology centers in Songjiang, Shanghai. The center carries out research on formulas and solutions customized for local needs.
Changzhou is located in the highly developed Yangtze Delta region of China extending from Shanghai going northwest, on the southern bank of the Yangtze River. The population of Changzhou metropolitan area was 12.4 million at the last count. Changzhou is a prefecture-level city in southern Jiangsu province of China. It was previously known as Yanling, Lanling, Jinling, and Wujin. Changzhou borders the provincial capital of Nanjing to the west, Zhenjiang to the northwest, Wuxi to the east, and the province of Zhejiang to the south. Read more here.
Says Daniela Vlad, Director of AkzoNobel’s Powder Coatings business;
China is a high priority region for us and the new facility is part of ongoing plans to optimize our production and investment strategy, based on increasing demand,” explained Ruud Joosten, AkzoNobel’s Chief Operating Officer. “Our passion for paint will continue to be the driving force for us to provide best-in-class sustainable solutions while expanding our footprint globally to drive growth. Our operations go beyond production – we’re also focused on innovation. We continue to provide dynamic colors and finishes and the most sustainable solutions for our customers in China and around the world. This new plant will help us develop Changzhou into a hub for the powder coatings industry in China and create more value for customers by providing customized solutions.
The Changzhou facility will produce almost the complete range. It will serve customers in the entire Eastern region of the country with products for domestic appliances, architecture, automotive, furniture, IT, functional and general industrial applications. AkzoNobel supplies powder coatings to more than 30,000 customers worldwide, covering several market segments.
The new Changzhou plant itself is a living demonstration of AkzoNobel’s strong commitment to sustainability, reflecting the sustainable nature of the powder coatings it produces. In addition to supplying only VOC and solvent-free products, the plant also uses advanced technology such as a vacuum drum waste water recycling system. This helps to achieve full recycling of waste water and zero waste water emissions.
AkzoNobel’s powder coatings are used on buildings and landmarks around the world. These include La Sagrada Família in Barcelona, the Shard in London, the Water Cube in Beijing and the Flame Towers in Baku, Azerbaijan. For more information visit AkzoNobel.