AkzoNobel production begins in China

Production has started at AkzoNobel’s new powder coatings plant in Changzhou, China.

The result of nearly €40m 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 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.’

AkzoNobel 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 itself is a demonstration of AkzoNobel’s commitment to sustainability. 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.