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AkzoNobel Opens New China Plant

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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International coatings manufacturer AkzoNobel opened its newest decorative paints plant on Friday (April 29), in Qionglai, in China’s Sichuan province.

The new plant is AkzoNobel’s fourth and largest decorative paints plant in China, and its first in the western part of the country. Qionglai lies within the jurisdiction of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

AkzoNobel's Ruud Joosten at the plant's opening

AkzoNobel's Ruud Joosten dots the eyes of a character during a ceremony at the opening of the new plant in Qionglai.

A Growing Market

"China's rapid growth in urbanization has meant an increase in demand for many of our products and services in the region,” said Ruud Joosten, AkzoNobel’s executive committee member responsible for decorative paints. “This new site enables us to respond to this demand and have the expertise on the ground locally to share our knowledge with industry stakeholders."

At 55,000 square meters (592,000 square feet), it's the company's largest plant in China.

AkzoNobel says the country's western region accounted for about a quarter of its China sales in 2015.

China’s market for architectural coatings has grown rapidly in the past decade, doubling between 2008 and 2013.

Green Focus

AkzoNobel stressed the environmentally friendly nature of the new plant in a press release on the opening. The new site “observes the company's highest sustainability and safety standards,” the company notes. “All products produced will be waterborne and solvent-free, and the facility's manufacturing environment will generate lower carbon emissions and be more sustainable.”

Last year, China imposed a tax on coatings manufacturers based on product VOC content in response to worsening air pollution in the rapidly urbanizing nation.

According to AkzoNobel’s website, the Dutch company has a total of 49 sites (including offices, warehouses and other facilities) in China. In addition to decorative paints, AkzoNobel focuses on performance coatings and specialty chemicals.

The company says it employs about 7,500 people in China, and generated €1.8 billion (nearly $2.1 billion) in locally driven revenue there in 2015.

AkzoNobel, according to its most recent annual report, operates in more than 80 countries, and has more than 45,000 employees worldwide.


Tagged categories: AkzoNobel; Coatings manufacturers; Paint

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