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AkzoNobel has completed the expansion of its industrial coatings site in Songjiang near Shanghai in China, doubling annual production capacity and creating the company’s biggest plant for packaging coatings in the world.
Work started in 2012, when around €14M was invested in the facility to add production lines for packaging coatings and epoxy and polyester resins. Now the largest site of its kind in the region, Songjiang will serve growing consumer demand from a number of key markets.
"China remains one of our most important growth markets,” explained Conrad Keijzer, Member of AkzoNobel’s Executive Committee responsible for Performance Coatings. "By expanding capacity at our Songjiang site, we are well positioned to capture the ongoing demand from consumer and construction markets.”
The Songjiang facility employs close to 300 people and houses AkzoNobel’s largest R&D centre in China. The company is also expanding its activities in other parts of the country, with work ongoing at sites for powder coatings and decorative paints in Chengdu, a combined investment of €50M in one of the fastest growing regions in China. In addition, a new regional office for western China was inaugurated in Chengdu in March, which will house employees from several coatings businesses.
AkzoNobel currently employs more than 7400 people in China, including 500 in R&D.