AkzoNobel modernizes paint plant in China

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AkzoNobel is modernizing its coatings factory in Suzhou/China and expanding its capacities for marine and protective coatings (Image: AkzoNobel)

A new, modernized and automated coatings production line has been put into operation at AkzoNobel's Suzhou site in China. It is part of a €14 million investment to double the plant's capacity for marine and protective coatings by 2025.

The recent modernization of AkzoNobel's coatings plant in Suzhou, China - which has already increased daily capacity by more than 40% - will be followed by three more facilities, doubling total capacity by the end of next year. "The continued investment in Suzhou reinforces our commitment to providing the best solutions, quality and service to our customers," said Simon Parker, Director of AkzoNobel's Marine and Protective Coatings business. "The strategic improvements we are making will also enable us to adapt more quickly to the dynamic Chinese market." Demand for marine and protective coatings in China is growing as the country leads the global shipbuilding market. This demand is particularly focused on high-performance antifouling and wind power solutions and is met by the company's International, Intersleek, Relest and Chartek products.

"The improvement in production at the Suzhou site is another good example of the progress we are making in strengthening our business portfolio," adds Karen-Marie Katholm, AkzoNobel's Chief Integrated Supply Chain Officer. "The significant leap in the site's efficiency and capacity will increase our local manufacturing and supply chain capabilities, which is essential for responding to the ever-evolving market." The recently completed work included improving the automation of the existing off-gas treatment, filling and grinding systems. Other planned improvements at the site include accelerating Suzhou's transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2025, which will help achieve the company's goal of halving carbon emissions across the value chain by 2030. Located in eastern China, the Suzhou plant has been a central hub for the supply of marine and protective coatings since 2008. Recent projects supplied with AkzoNobel products include China's largest wind farm and the country's first domestically built large cruise ship.